Process Journal

This will document the whole process of your personal project. You are required to show your supervisor evidence of the process documented in the journal at meetings, or by providing access digitally (see below). Your process journal can take the form that suits you as long as this is accessible to your supervisor. Consider any of the following formats:

A notebook/scrapbook
A blog/website
A film/audio recording
Any combination of the above

How can I set-up and use an online journal?

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.
You should add to your process journal each time there is a development in your project. A minimum of 2 journal entry per week is required. Each time you write a reflection in your journal, you should more or less include the following information:

Day and Date

Make sure that you record when things happen so that you can remember the sequence of events later.

Be sure not only to name the success or challenge, but examine what lead to the breakthrough or difficulty. Also, record how you responded to the event. Evaluate your response. How did it affect your project? Was this an effective way responding to the challenge or success?

include a photo or a print screen when you talk about something you made. List any information obtained from any new resources, and place it in your works cited page. Be sure to also evaluate your resources.
Reflection on progress

Go back to your original goal and Action plan. Evaluate how well you are meeting those expectations, and how well you are responding to new information and circumstances.
Changes to your plan/Justifications

Explain any changes that you are making to the plans you wrote.
Next steps/To do lists

Explain how the things you do will lead on to other things in the future.
ATL Skills Reflection
Below each journal entry list the ATL skills category your entry addresses and explain why this entry reflects the ATL skills you identified.

Journal Extracts

You MUST choose a maximum of 10 extracts from the Process Journal to include in your Personal Project Report.
Examples of extracts may include:
  • SMART Goal worksheet defining the goal
  • Collection of research notes with website evaluation
  • Criteria/Specifications worksheet
  • Action planning
  • Students can present a schedule with long and term planning broken down into detailed logical steps such as a Gantt chart.
  • table justifying strengths and limitations for effective and independent time and task management 

  • Include an evaluation of the quality of the product/outcome against their criteria 

  • Students can evaluate the rubric presented above and one by one explain in detail to what extent they met each criterion
  • Email/communication logs with supervisor, mentor or other experts