A glimpse into the learning of ICS Grade 10 student reveals project goals that encompass investigation, planning, action and reflection.
In September, Grade 10 parents participated in a well-attended virtual information evening presentation about the Personal Project, Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE), and University and Career Guidance. In a follow-up communication in early November, Grade 10 parents learned more about the activities, milestones, events, and deadlines associated with these activities.
Our Grade 10 students launched their Personal Projects (PP) in September with a grade level Focus Day, followed by tutorial sessions where students interacted with investigating and planning criteria and applied their learning to individual goals for their projects. From mid-September onward, Grade 10 students have had regular contact with their PP supervisors, sharing ideas and seeking advice as their projects develop. In addition, Open Library sessions periodically support students with questions or challenges and the Personal Project Council, including representatives from each tutor group, support their peers.
In November, Grade 10 students are moving forward and focusing on the time and space they need to concentrate on the creation and evaluation of their products. This phase will culminate in a Works in Progress milestone on 23 November, when students have the opportunity to present what they have achieved so far to their parents. Their completed products will be assessed, by students and their supervisors, in December 2020.
The winter holiday break allows students to step away from their work and reflect on the experience of setting a goal, making a plan and achieving an outcome. Resuming their work in the new year, and with the continued support of their supervisors and tutors, Grade 10 students will focus on writing their Personal Project Reports and preparing for the Personal Project Exhibition scheduled to take place during the week of 22 March 2021.
Service Learning and Community Engagement (SLCE) help students gain a deeper understanding of their own identity as well as the identity and needs of others and the students' reflections and projects are shared and celebrated in reports and tutorial sessions. All ICS Secondary students are encouraged to research and develop sustainable service projects that meet a real need in the community and affect positive change in the lives of others, whether it be in advocating for social causes, supporting peers through mentoring or raising awareness in the community through food drives or virtual runs.
As they strive to make informed choices regarding their IB Diploma subjects for Grades 11 and 12, our Grade 10 students are supported by the ICS IB coordinator and our University and Career Counsellor. The subjects the students ultimately choose will depend on their specific interests, career goals and preferred country destinations for university.
At the end of October, Grade 10 students were introduced to BridgeU, our software platform for college counselling including a psychometric testing portfolio which helps reveal students' individual learning styles, unique personality types and distinctive intelligences, linking them to specific careers which may be of interest to them.
The next virtual Grade 10 Parent Information Evening, scheduled for Wednesday 25 November with our University and Career Counsellor Ms Rachel Doell and Ms Ann Lautrette, our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, will focus on the IB Diploma Programme at ICS. The exact format of the evening and access details will be communicated closer to the meeting.