I vary journals and grammar bell ringers for bell ringers. I collect journals in sets of 10 and pick 3 random entries (due to time constraints). I make comments and put a check mark to show that I read those specific entries (to cover my butt). I just completed the National Writing Project and we discussed journal writing. A high school teacher said that she researched journaling in depth and it's not supposed to be read. She said she really disliked journal writing because her students didn't want to do them. (In my class, most kids love them.) She said that journals aren't supposed to really have rules. So, now I'm confused. If you don't check them, how are kids held accountable? Also, should they be journaling daily? If so, I'd be grading journals every other week. That is honestly just too much grading along with everything else. How do you do journals? I'm very curious now.