• Process Journal

    Addresses EVERYTHING

    Especially Criterion B Strand ii

    presents a detailed and accurate plan and record of the development process of the project


    Criteria D strand iii

    presents excellent reflection on his or her development as an IB learner through the project


    The Process Journal is your way to record the development of your Personal Project.  It can take any form that you like. In the past, Process Journals have been;

    • written down in a spiral notebook
    • kept as a running blog
    • completed as an APJ
    • recorded as a video diary
    • saved as a series of audio recordings

    Whatever helps you to record the progress of your Personal Project is OK.

    Remember that you will prove you addressed all four objectives of the Personal Project (Investigating, Planning, Taking Action and Reflecting) based on evidence from the Process Journal.  Your supervisor will help you to record needed information, but it is your responsibility to get it all recorded and use it in your final report.

    The process journal is:

    The process journal is not:

    ·        used throughout the project to document its development

    ·        an evolving record of intents, processes, accomplishments

    ·        a place to record initial thoughts and developments, brainstorming, possible lines of inquiry and further questions raised

    ·        a place for recording interactions with sources, for example teachers, supervisors, external contributors

    ·        a place to record selected, annotated and/or edited research and to maintain a bibliography

    ·        a place for storing useful information, for example quotations, pictures, ideas, photographs

    ·        a means of exploring ideas and solutions

    ·        a place for evaluating work completed

    ·        a place for reflecting on learning

    ·        devised by the student in a format that suits his or her needs

    ·        a record of reflections and formative feedback received.

    ·         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.


    Recording the progress of your Personal Project in the Process Journal is important, but it is not enough.  You must also record your efforts to develop as an IB learner.  As you work through the Personal Project, you should think about how you are growing in the IB Learner Profile and the IB Approaches to Learning (ATL).  

    The IB Learner Profile is a list of 10 Characteristics that IB students are encouraged to develop as we grow and learn.  The IB wants students to strive to be

    • Principled
    • Reflective
    • Inquiring
    • Caring
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinking
    • Open-Minded
    • Communicator
    • Risk-Taker
    • Balanced

    The ATL are skills you need to be able to persevere in your learning both in, and out of, school.  They are divided up into 5 Major Categories, with several subsections.


    Communication skills

    ·         Exchanging thoughts, messages and information effectively through interaction

    ·         Reading, writing and using language to gather and communicate information


    Collaboration skills

    Working effectively with others



    Organization skills

    Managing time and tasks effectively

    Affective skills

    Managing state of mind

    ·        Mindfulness

    ·        Perseverance

    ·        Emotional management

    ·        Self-motivation

    ·        Resilience

    Reflection skills

    (Re)considering the process of learning; choosing and using ATL skills


    Information literacy skills

    Finding, interpreting, judging and creating information

    Media literacy skills

    Interacting with media to use and create ideas and information


    Critical thinking skills

    Analysing and evaluating issues and ideas

    Creative thinking skills

    Generating novel ideas and considering new perspectives

    Transfer skills

    Using skills and knowledge in multiple contexts



    The Process Journal can be in whatever format you would like.  On the following page is a template for a journal entry that you can copy and fill out, or use as a guide when you use your own Journal.  There is a version online that you can use in your and fill out electronically. 

    Process Journal Template

    Printable Version