According to the school curriculum and Estonian national curriculum a compulsory creative project is carried out in grade 8. In grade 7 all students carry out a project as a preparation for the compulsory project. However, the same requirements and evaluation principles apply as for grade 8 projects. In grade 9 the project is not compulsory. The transdisciplinary project provides a good opportunity to integrate different subjects, implement student’s own ideas, use ITC devices and improve independent study skills.
Students can pick a topic suggested by a teacher or come up with their own idea. See the list of topics in previous years in here. Projects can be carried out independently or as group work. Every creative project is supervised by a teacher, who is chosen by the student.
Creative project can be either an inquiry or a practical work. The inquiry type project is an in-depth study of a chosen topic or issue which is presented as a written research paper. The practical work can be a performance, organizing an event, exhibition, creating an app, making a movie, etc. This type of work has two parts: the practical outcome itself and a written theoretical paper which supports the work and explains the process. All projects must follow the rules of academic writing. TIS Creative Project Guide can be found here.
All the projects are presented in May at the annual Creative Projects Conference.
Creative projects are evaluated three-dimensionally: one grade from a student (self-evaluation), one grade from a supervisor and one grade from the committee. The grade for each project is put in the report card. The best grade is put to year 9 certificate of basic education.
Creative projects timeline in the academic year 2017/2018
- 15 November 2017 Teachers suggest their topics
- 23 November 2017 Students pick a topic and hand in the topic submittal form to the principal
- 20 April 2018 Students submit their final written work
- 3 May 2018 Creative Projects Conference