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Personal Project: Process Journal

The Process Journal

The Process Journal is the Most Important Part of your Entire Personal Project. 

  1. If your process journal is thorough and well-organized, it will make it easier for you to write the final report.
  2. Here you document your thinking, ideas and the development of the project‚ÄčIt is a working document. It does not need to be neat and well presented.
  3. Must show your supervisor to document your process at meetings and in ManageBac.
  4. Written, visual, audio, electronic, or any combination of these formats
  5. Date each entry for your future reference.
  6. Part of your assessment is from the 10 Journal extracts. 
  7. You must refer to these extracts/appendices in your report with explanations about what they demonstrate
  • Approaches to Learning? HERE
  • Learner Profiles? HERE
  • Criteria? HERE

         8. The journal is displayed at the Presentation Evening.

 

Date

Always date your journal entry! This will be crucial when choosing your 10 extracts.

Helpful headings

Provide a structure to your journal.

Work completed this week

Detail all aspects of work completed on the personal project in the week.

Resources consulted

Use your EasyBib to record sources, including interviews, videos watched, and your readings and research. You should also record details of any conversations that took place with sources relating to the project--these might be transcripts to include as an appendix.

Challenges or difficulties faced

Detail obstacles and problems and tell how you did, or plan to, deal with them.

Evaluation of progress

This is where you should refer to your initial goals and indicate whether or not you are achieving them. You may also identify any areas that need improvement at this stage. At the beginning of your Process Journal students often talk about their original ideas, and why they discarded some ideas or changed your original idea--and why.

ATL skills involved

This is where you can include (maybe using a checkbox?) the ATL skills that you needed, used, improved, or were difficult for you.

Learner Profiles

This is where you refer to the Learner Profiles that you needed, used, improved, or were difficult for you to develop.

 

 

 

 

 

The process journal is not submitted for assessment as a whole but contributes to the overall assessment by the addition of carefully chosen journal extracts (max 10) included as appendices

  • You are required to submit up to 10 extracts (A4 photocopies) as appendices, at the end of your report
  • These appendices must be numbered and contain evidence of the ATL skills
  • The journal will be displayed at the Presentation Night

How to Select the Extracts

  • They must show evidence of the five ATL skills: Research, Thinking, Self-management, Communication, Social 
  • They must demonstrate development in all the criteria: Investigating, Planning, Taking Action, Reflection
  • The extracts should be numbered as appendices and arranged in number order at the end of your report (Appendix 1)
  • Throughout your report you should discuss the ATL skills you used and refer to the appropriate appendix to show such evidence ("see Appendix 1")

Sample Process Journals/ Extracts

Setting a Highly Challenging Goal

Prior Learning

Researching Skills

Media literacy skills:  Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

Self-Management Skills

Plan and Record the Development Process of the Project

Criteria for the Product/Outcome

Thinking Skills

Communication and Social Skills

Evaluate the Quality of the Product/Outcome against the Criteria

Reflection Skills

Reflect on Your Development as an IB Learner through the Project

Acknowledgement

Special thanks to Ang Ang and Prae W. for their generosity of sharing their Personal Projects as examples.