I have not been very impressed with my students' writing in their journals this year. I'm sure that part of the problem is that I just moved to grade one, after having taught grade 3 for several years, so my expectations may be too high. I don't know... How do you do journal writing in your class? Do you give students a topic or a sentence starter in the beginning? How much do you expect them to write? How long do you give them to write? Any advice would be much appreciated.