I teach 9th grade English, and I'm about to wrap up my first full year of teaching (go me!) but I want to make some improvements for next year. First of all, I'm wondering how other English teachers use journals in their classroom. I love starting the class a few days a week with a journal, but I was a traveling teacher last year, so it was difficult to get them started. Do you keep the journals in the room? How often do you write? When do you grade? How do you grade them? Secondly, is anyone willing to share their syllabus with me? I want to make changes to mine for next year, but I'm not sure what to change! Finally, I'm getting my own classroom next year (YAY!) so what are some things that I 100% need? What are some things that you couldn't do with out? Thanks in advance!