You might wonder what you should be including in your journal as you complete your project. Below are prompts that will lead you in the right direction. Remember that you will choose 10 excerpts from your journal to include with your project.
#1 - Why did you select the topic that you did? What prior knowledge or interest in the topic did you already have? What process did you have to go through to narrow your topic to what you have selected? What are your thoughts about the project at this point?
#2 - What is the global context that you chose? Why did you choose that specific global context? What is the relationship between the global context and your goal?
#3 - What research skills did you have when you started the project? What new understandings or research skills have you gained from your project thus far? Evaluating sources: What sources did you use? Why did you use those sources?
#4 - What criteria have you chosen to determine if your product/outcome will be successful? This is a precise and accurate list of facts (such as conditions, dimensions, materials, process and methods). Be specific and give at least 5 criteria for success. (Criterion B, Strand 1)
#5 - Look back at your original timeline and goal. Have you been following that timeline thus far? If not, what has happened? (Criterion B, Strand 2)
#6 - Looking at the self-management skills, tell me what you have done in your organizational skills, your affective skills and your reflection skills. (Criterion B, Strand 3)
#7 - Does your product meet your goal that you stated at beginning of this process? How did the Global Context drive your inquiries? Looking at my original criteria for success, did I meet them? (Criterion C, Strand 1)
#8 - What have I done to demonstrate my thinking skills, specifically critical thinking, creative thinking and transfer thinking. (Criterion C, Strand 2)
#9 - What have I done to demonstrate my communication and social skills? (Criterion C, Strand 3)
#10 - To what degree did my product or outcome meet each of my original criteria? What (if any) adjustments did I make to my criteria? Why? (Criterion D, Strand 1)
#11 - How has this project extended your knowledge or understanding of your topic? (Criterion D, Strand 2)
#12 - In what way has this project helped you develop as an IB learner? (Criterion D, Strand 3)