Here is an example of feedback from Ms Keus to one student. It is detailed and could help everyone with their last revision of report.
Samples showing dates from August through February.
Samples are truthful (your supervisor will know if you add embellishments!)
Samples show your self-management, research, thinking, and communication skills.
Some sources are shown. They are correctly cited and are evaluated for positives, negatives, biases, etc.
You’ve included your original goal and a plan for doing it.
Samples show discussion of problems that came up and how you fixed them.
Samples show what your supervisor discussed and what you did based on the feedback.
Reflections are critical and not just narrations.
Please make sure you book an appointment with your supervisor for Wednesday 3Way conferences.
This is an opportunity to look at the final stages of the Personal Project due on February 19.
You must book an appointment!
Next Wednesday of week 19 is the due date to hand in a draft version of your report.
Make an appointment with your supervisor and expect feedback in the following days.
The valuable feedback will help you improve your performance.
If you don’t meet this deadline: contact your supervisor.
Getting feedback on your draft is very helpful. Make sure this is happening before CNY.
The final deadline for your report and product is Wednesday February 19, 6:00 PM.
Product completed: December 2013
Product accessible by supervisor: January 15
Draft of Report to supervisor: January 15
Report Final Due Date: February 19
Have a safe winter break!
It is time to show specifications to your supervisor.
Please make an appointment to see your supervisor in person this week. Bring your journal and show where you are in the process.
You need to present a plan to bring your project ” UP TO DATE” . You should be ready to start creation. See guide :
Your reference list needs a variety of sources. What does the word variety mean?
Dictionary.com says, “a number of different types of things, especially ones in the same general category.” So a variety of sources means a number of different sources in the same reference list.
What does a “variety” of sources look like?
Books – See the school library. Go to www.amazon.cn. Take your passport to the Nanjing Public Library at Daxingong and get a library card.
Journal Articles – You can find these using the new EBSCOhost researching tool. Also, some peer-reviewed, professional journals are now publishing online, for free!
Newspapers – Check to which papers our library subscribes. Also check online – most of the major newspapers also have online versions.
Magazines – Check with Mr. Lockwood and Mrs. Rinker to see which magazines the school subscribes. You can also purchase magazines from the iTunes store through In-App purchasing.
Videos – These can be online (like YouTube) or they can be DVDs.
Audio Files – These can be music files or a CD. Last year a student studied how music soothes insomniacs and used audio files in her reference list.
Encyclopedias – Sometimes you need to start off by introducing your topic, and what better way to find a short, concise definition than through our local encyclopedias. Check with Mrs. Rinker.
Personal Communications – According to the APA manual, you can include a personal communication in your reference list if you provide a word-for-word transcription; otherwise, put your communications into your appendices.
Technical Reports – Doing a report on chemical properties? Technical reports are good sources of information.
Informally Published Works – IBO guidelines and manuals count as informally published works. If you have defined your AOI or have quoted about your AOI, you also need to cite the IBO.
Conference Papers / Lecture Notes – Many big conferences will post the speeches given. Some universities (e.g. Stanford) publish their lecture notes for free.
Government Reports, Acts & Laws – Some countries publish their reports, acts, and laws online, for free. I know that Canada, America, and China all do this. If you want to see how your topic is considered by specific countries, then check online.
Make sure you meet your supervisor this week for a progress report. Bring updated journal with you.
If you are considering presenting your report or journal in a format other than written, you must inform Mr. Morin and your supervisor by e-mail. Please explain your choice in a short paragraph.
Email subject : FORMAT of PPP DOCUMENTS
To: Francis Morin <Francismorin@staff.nanjing-school.com>
CC: Your Supervisor
According to the Guide :
Wednesday of week 7, Block 1-2-3-4 is PPP intensive work time.
Make sure you have your 4 boxes approved by supervisor and one mentor.
Good news: Ms Clarke is now a fully certified and qualified mentor.
Choices: Ms Keus, Ms Tyoschin, Ms Clarke, Ms Rinker, Mr Messom and Mr Morin
Dear PPP students,
We have redesigned the 4 Boxes document. Please start using it from now on. It may take a few minutes but the time invested will allow you to reflect on the quality and the level of alignment.
Use that document when you meet your supervisor for your next weekly visit.
Keep all documents and changes in your journal.
Supervisor’s Tips (have a look students)
1. Best TIP: A clear goal is crucial! Students have completed their initial planning when they get their “4 boxes” officially approved by a mentor. Coming up with a clear goal will lead to focus and success. This is the next logical step. The goal has to be fully aligned with the ideas of the “4 boxes”. The rest of the journey is greatly affected by the clarity of the goal.
2. Your student is using the Guide to the Personal Project (available on blog).
3. Your student maintains a detailed Process Journal with all required components. (See category Process journal on blog)
4. Refer to the assessment criteria when you communicate with your student.
5. Refer to step by step sequence of PPP (see guide P. 17)
6. Encourage your student at every meeting. There is always something positive to notice. Remind them what they do well.
7. When in doubt or unsure, consult with mentor PPP teacher about an issue or send your student for a consult or second opinion.
8. Provide more feedback and refrain advising student what to do.
2. Meet supervisor: show your documents: “4 boxes” and journal idea or concept.
3. “4 Boxes” include: Topic. AoI, PPP Question and Possible Project.
4. Receive feedback.
5. Plan next meeting with supervisor.
6. Contact Mentor of your choice for “Permission to Continue” stamp.
– A “stamp” is obtained only when “4 boxes are clearly aligned.
– Mentors are: Ms Tyoschin, Mr Messom, Ms Keus, Mr Morin, Ms Rinker
7. Meet mentor and show your documents: ” 4 boxes” and journal
8. Receive Permission to continue Stamp
9. Continue the process