Purpose of a personal project is to build an ecosystem for the child for independent learning. As we know that learning is most joyful when it is aligned with the interests of the child. As adults some of us are clear about our passions today but for some who are not, they are advised to go back to their childhood days and remember and think about what they enjoyed the most. Thus, the purity of childhood is the best time to explore one’s passions. Continue
Glimpses of our Projects
Personal project is also an opportunity for the children to know themselves- to explore what they enjoy doing. For some children it could be furthering what their known interests and while for others it could be something they are curious about and want to build their knowledge on.
The mentor should encourage the learner to think of a topic for a personal project and facilitate a process of self-discovery by asking them the following fundamental questions.
- Why is the idea personal to you?
The idea should be something that the learner is deeply motivated about.
- What is the challenge in this idea?
The project should be that which requires aliet of efforts in achieving from where the learner is today.
- How will I go about learning in this project?
There should be a plan such as consulting people, reading resources or visiting places for gaining information or learning a skill for mastery.
- How will you demonstrate your learning?
There should be a plan to showcase learning by way of a presentation of learning of a product or a piece of writing say, or even a demonstration of dance where the process of learning can be journaled and presented.
The ultimate objective of a personal project is to develop meta-cognition skills. The learner should be able to reflect their ability to learn independently, managing time, overcoming difficulties and collaborating with the mentor.
Few example of personal projects and products for POL are:
- Exploring varieties of rocks and minerals found around us and presenting the collection or sketches with explanation;
- Developing a blog for children’s books to review and sharing the public blog;
- Writing a photo essay and publishing it in a children’s magazine and demonstrating the literature;
- Helping underprivileged children (such as Janwaar community with English & Maths skills online; and showcasing the session recording
- Learning a new dance form and writing on the beauty dancers express through it.