Process Journal

The process journal is an integral part of the Personal Project process. It can take on many different formats. Reflections in the process journal should address the IB Approaches to Learning and the Learner Profile Traits. Click here to see a sample process journal entry.

According to the MYP Personal Project Guide, the process journal is:

  • used throughout the process to document its development
  • an evolving record of intents, processes, and accomplishments
  • a place to record initial thoughts, brainstorming, and further questions
  • a place for recording interactions with sources (teachers, supervisors, etc.)
  • a place for storing useful information (quotes, pictures, ideas)
  • a place to record selected, annotated, and/or edited research for a bibliography
  • a means of exploring ideas and solutions
  • a place for evaluating completed work
  • a place for reflecting on learning
  • devised by the students in a format that suits his or her needs
  • a record of reflections and formative feedback received

The process journal is NOT:

  • used on a daily basis (unless this is useful for the student)
  • written up after the process has been completed
  • additional work on top of the project; it is part of and supports the project
  • a diary with detailed writing about what was done
  • a static document with only one format (you may include written entries, diagrams, photographs, videos, mind maps, and charts)

Every student must submit 10 extracts from the process journal. These extracts will be submitted as an appendix to the report. Students must choose extracts that demonstrate their engagement with each of the four objectives: investigation, planning, taking action, and reflection. Extracts may be annotated in order to convey their relationship to the objective. These extracts should provide documentation of the process, but should not be scored individually. Instead, they can be used to determine authenticity of the project, to demonstrate time management skills, and to support the students’ report.

According the the IB Projects Guide, extracts may include:

  • visual thinking diagrams
  • bulleted lists
  • charts
  • 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
  • screenshots of a blog or website
  • self assessment and peer feedback
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