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The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Community Project
 
Important Dates and Deadlines for 2017-2018 8th Graders
  • COMPLETED - Community Project Exhibitions shared with advisory in March and April, get feedback and make improvements
  • COMPLETED - Final check-in and feedback from Advisor and Advisory, April 5 and 6
  • COMPLETED - Set-up Exhibition for 6th and 7th graders April 12
  • COMPLETED - CP Exhibition for 6th and 7th grade feedback April 12 & 13
  • COMPLETED - CP Exhibition for families and community at Open House April 18
  • CP Exhibition/Presentations for “Distinction” and "Biliteracy Pathways Awards" week of May 21
IB students from around the world embark on a Community Project in 8th grade. IB Community Project at PB Middle is completed by all 8th graders. With the guidance of your teachers, you have been completing projects and learning about the importance of making our world a better place at PB Middle.
 
Now it's your turn. Work as a team to investigate, plan, take action, reflect, and present/share a service project of your choice. Start by researching a community (local, state, national, or global) issue or need that interests you and your team.
 
Think about issues or topics that interest you.
  • If you skateboard, what are needs in the skateboaring community? What are problems skaters encounter? How can you work toward a solution?
  • If you noticed a lot of paper being wasted in classes, what could you do about it? What could be a possible solution?
  • If you are bothered by how much food is wasted at lunch, what can you do about it? How can you find a solution to the problem?
  • If you like nature and hiking, identify a problem that needs to be studied such as invasive species in Rose Canyon. Is there data that needs to be collected to prove a problem? What is a solution to lack of data?
  • If you like horses, what is a need in the horse community? What can you do for abandoned horses?
  • If you like surfing, can you create a new type of board for someone who doesn't have use of his/her legs? How can you keep toxic chemicals from boards out of our landfill?
  • If you like music, how can you use your talents to help or entertain others?
  • What organizations are working on issues that are important to you? How can you help the organization of your choice? What do they need?
 
IB Community Project
1) You will explore your right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community.
2) You will have an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in your communities and address those needs through completing a service learning project.
3) You will engage in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community.
4) You may work alone or complete project in a group of no more than three students.
 
There are four phases, or objectives, to accomplish in completing the Project. 
 
Objectives:
A: Investigate (research)
B: Plan
C: Take action (complete the project)
D: Reflect (Present/Share)
 
Remember: Research and statistics are a very important part of this project. What do we think we know about the problem? What do experts know already? What do we need to know? What research or data is missing? Can you design an investigation in order gather, organize and share original data?
 
Reference Guide
You will receive a Reference Guide in Advisory. It is also available here. This guide will help you with each phase of the project. Visit the Documents page to learn about how to use the Reference Guide and also how to document your process in what will become your Process Journal.
 
Advisory
Set-up a process journal using Google.docs. Share journal with your team and your advisor. You are required to meet and discuss your project with your Advisor. Use the "Academic Honesty" form to record at least three meeting summaries in your process journal.
 
 
Take Action Tuesdays and Thursdays - Lunchtime in the upstairs Media Center Library, IB Office
To learn more please view the sample documents and if you have questions or just need a little help getting started or along the way, come to Take Action Tuesdays and Thursdays at the IB Office, or contact Mrs. Sims jsims@sandi.net in the PB IB Office.
 
Time Line

NOTE: School reserves right to adjust dates as needed.    Bold = Documents in Reference Guide

 

 

Date

DRAFT Time-line for 2018-2019

Done ✔

September


INVESTIGATING

(record in process journal)

Approaches to Learning Skills: Research & Communication

____ Review Time-line

____ Read Reference Guide completely

____ Understand types of service and see examples of high-quality projects

____ Begin to brainstorm and investigate a wide variety of issues and identify many different community needs that meet your interests.

____ Talk to peers, family members, and local organizations to get ideas - share some of your ideas and get feedback

____ Begin to look online at service sites to see what others have done. Go back and review any projects from PB Middle that may have interested you in the past

____ Consider classmates that have similar interests and you know will contribute and help you to make a difference and complete a high-quality project

____ Begin to complete Reference Guide

____ Review the Academic Honesty Statement

____ Teams  - Sign-up for a project

____ Start Process Journal - Google doc is easy to share, update, and save important contacts, evidence, data, etc. Share with team and advisor

____ Begin brainstorming how to make your project sustainable and challenging before you set your goal

 

October


INVESTIGATING

(record in process journal)

Approaches to Learning Skills: Research

____ Begin to gather, evaluate, and organize data - (process journal - Google doc or notebook, etc.)

____ Research: locate, synthesize and record relevant information from multiple reliable sources, expert interviews, etc.

____ Identify what important research, statistcs, and data is missing

____ Begin source list (experts contact information, surveys, books, articles, websites, organization pamphlets, interview notes) - this will be super helpful when you share your process journal with a 6th or 7th grade interested in your project

____ Check-in #1 - Academic Honesty Form summary

 

October INVESTIGATING & PLANNING

(record in process journal)

Approaches to Learning Skills: Self-management, Social skills & Thinking

___ Decide on a goal - what do you want to accomplish? By when? How many? How much? To what extent?

___ Create a plan

___ Combine goal and plan and create a one-page Proposal for Action (who, what, where, when, why, and how)

___ Create a team project time-line and check-off list

___ Assign roles/tasks/due dates to team members

___ Continue investigating and collect relevant data in process journal

___ Make changes or check-off as needed

___ Make notes of changes that are needed as new information/data is discovered or gathered

___ Suggest changes and make notes as problems occur in the group

Check-in #1 with Advisor - Academic Honesty Form summary

 

November - December

TAKE ACTION

(record in process journal)

Approaches to Learning Skills: Self-management, Social Skills, Thinking

___Take Action - complete your proposal for action

___Gather evidence & take notes to document development of the project

___Make changes as needed, document in process journal

___Go back and RE-search, re-do, or re-think as needed

___Check-in #2 with Advisor - Academic Honesty Form summary

 

January & February

REFLECTION

(record in process journal)

Approaches to Learning Skills: Thinking and Communication

___Reflect on Propsal for Action (goal and plan) individually and as a team

___Record reflection notes in process journal (what worked, what didn't, what would you suggest to anyone trying to do this project in the future)

___Explain Proposal for Action and what you accomplished to peers in class/advisory ask for and record feedback and suggestions for improvement

___Explain Proposal for Action and what you accomplished to family and at Student Led Conferences - ask for and record feedback and suggestions for improvement

___Review Proposal for Action suggestions with team and re-think, re-do plan, re-search, re-do action as needed___Check-in #3 with Advisor - Academic Honesty Form summary

 

February & March

REFLECTION

(record in process journal)

Approaches to Learning Skills: Thinking and Communication

___Review Proposal for Action (goal and plan) and Academic Honesty Form with Advisor - reflect on rubric in process journal___Continue to re-think, re-do plan, re-search, re-do action, or finish as needed

___Prepare and practice explaining project in Advisory Class and Language and Literature

___Create a mock-up (practice) Exhibition to share in Advisory

 

(presentatation)April

(record in process journal)

___Prepare Gallery walk practice presentations/share mock-up Exhibition.
___Record feedback and suggestions to improve presentation and exhibition before Open House

___Review feedback and suggestions with team and re-think, re-do plan, re-search, re-do action as needed

___(expected) Present Community Project at Open House/IB Student Showcase in April (date: TBD)

 

May

(optional)

___Review feedback and suggestions with team and re-think, re-do plan, re-search, re-do action as needed

___Prepare 10 minute detailed presentation of all phases of the Community Project to earn Distinction at Promotion - present in front of a panel of evaluators

Community Project Distinction Presentations to Panel will be scheduled at the end of May (date: TBD)

 

June

Promotion (date: TBD)