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The Personal Statement
The Personal Statement (report) is a final reflection on what you learned from your inquiry process, and an evaluation of how your product connected to what your learned and your chosen Global Context, and the overall success of your project in terms of your goals. Much of your grade comes from your supervisor reviewing the report you submit. The written report must include:

The final submission of both the product and the project personal statement to your Design teacher is March 30, 2017. You will need to submit a rough draft for each of the criterions on the following dates:

Criteria A-Investigating (rough draft due November 13, 2017)Criteria B: Planning (rough draft due December 8, 2017)Criteria C: Taking Action (rough draft due January 26, 2018)Criteria D: Reflecting (rough draft due February 16, 2018)Introduction Abstract (rough draft due February 23, 2017)

Prompts to write each section above will be included when you sign up to Mozi.

Mozi Student sign up instructions

Your Personal Statement is a formal paper, written in first person. It is a formal record of the process you followed to complete your project, and is as important as the product itself. It should follow the structure of the project objectives—investigating, planning, taking action and reflecting. It must also address and provide evidence of all the objectives in all criteria.

These are the sections in your Personal Statement

Follow the template in the attached document below to begin writing your report. It includes the same prompts found in Mozi. (

addiitonal resources:
See section on Reporting
Ensure your report meets the MLA formatting guidelines
MLA in-text citations

Citations/Works Cited

Ensure you provide a works cited immediately following the report. You may use the built-in citation tools with Google Scholar or the databases at the digital library, or use an online citation maker such as easybib for generating your citations.

You must make sure to cite your research within your paper using MLA formatted in-text citations, also referred to as parenthetical references. Visit the OWL Purdue website to learn more about using and formatting in-text citations.

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Journal Extracts/Appendix

Appendices allow you to include detailed information in your paper that would be distracting in the main body of the paper. Examples of items you might have in your personal statement as an appendix include:

  • Collection of research notes
  • Action plan/Calendar
  • Design specifications
  • Survey Responses/results
  • Planning documents such as tables, mind-maps, storyboards or other drawings/diagrams
  • Images of product at various stages
  • Image/screenshot of final product
  • A link to your process journal, with instructions on how to sign in and access the site (see template).

Your paper may have more than one appendix. Usually, each distinct item has its own appendix. If your paper only has one appendix, label it "Appendix" (without quotes.) If there is more than one appendix, label them "Appendix A," "Appendix B," etc. (without quotes) in the order that each item appears in the paper. In the main text, you should refer to the Appendices by their labels.

Your appendix should include a maximum of 10 carefully selected journal extracts. Choose the ones that best demonstrate your development in all four criteria.

An extract may include:
  • visual thinking diagrams
  • bulleted lists
  • charts Pre-publication
  • short paragraphs
  • notes
  • timelines, action plans
  • annotated illustrations
  • annotated research
  • artifacts from inspirational visits to museums, performances, galleries
  • pictures, photographs, sketches
  • up to 30 seconds of visual or audio material
  • screen-shots of a blog or website
  • self and peer assessment feedback

All students will submit a printed copy of the 1)personal statement, the 2)product and the 3)process journal to their Design Teacher by Thursday March 1 (Green day) or Friday March 2 (Grey day)! You will receive an envelope with a cover sheet prior to that date, as well as assessment rubrics for yourself, your Design teacher and your Mentor. Complete the student self-assessment rubric and leave it in the envelope, along with all three components of the Personal Project. Once your design teacher verifies that all contents are placed in the envelope and signs the cover sheet, you will keep the envelope and bring it with you on Tuesday,March 6th to submit to your mentor on the day of the presentations. Plan ahead now so that you attend the final meeting!

For all products that cannot be brought in physically and placed in the envelope, you will need to submit either no more than 5 images or a 13-15 minute video explaining the product. Images should be placed in the appendix section of the personal statement, and video files should be converted to one of the acceptable formats shown in the table below, saved onto a flash drive or CD, and placed inside your envelope. Other files such as documents, publications, music, movies or games should be converted from their native file to a format that is easily accessible to most audiences. Acceptable file formats include:

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Submitting to Managebac

You will need to submit a digital copy of your final report and any other related documents to Managebac. To upload documents to Managabac:

  1. Log in to your account at
  2. Select the IB Manager tab on the left, then choose Personal Project
  3. Select ‘Edit personal Project Proposal’ on the top right-hand side
  4. Under Project documents, upload your completed personal statement and any other document related to your project. This could be a DOCX or a PDF format.

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PresentingSee section on presentations

Congratulations on completing the Personal Project!