This year, Seven Peaks is launching the IB Community Project with our 8th grade class. The Community Project focuses on community and service and gives students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. The community project engages our students in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community. The community project is completed individually or in groups of a maximum of three students. The choice of the topic for the project is made in consultation with an IB teacher who has the responsibility for supervising the development of the project according to the Assessment Criteria which is based on International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.
- The aims of MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:
- Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
- Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
- Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
- Communicate effectively in a variety of situations
- Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
- Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments
At SPS we feel that volunteering in our community and service learning are fundamental pieces of what we stand for. Recently, our 8th grade students talked about all the wonderful service learning activities we ask the students to be a part of throughout the year, such as Earth Day or voucher hours for our Sparrow. They were asked what part they had in brainstorming, investigating, planning, and initiating these projects. The answer was, very little. The IB community project has been designed to change that, to put our students at the center of service learning with their ideas, their personal interests, and their passions.
Students were given examples of goals such as: to raise awareness, to participate actively, to research, to create/innovate, to change behaviors, and to advocate. From their, in teams or individually, students have launched into research to find a way to give back in an area they feel personally connected.
Throughout the remainder of the year our 8th grade students will meet monthly to continue to build their ideas, and see their goals come to fruition. Watch for updates on how our SPS students are discovering ways to meet a need in our community or beyond!