I was not thrilled about being reassigned to middle school, but the beginning of the year has gone very well. The staff has been so supportive (a huge improvement from my former colleagues), the kids fairly well-behaved and very receptive to my lessons - they are actually asking to write!! I've been very happy about things...until today. I got an email from my principal that he had an anonymous parent phone call complaining about my "journal time". This mother thinks I'm reinforcing bad habits. I have my kids do "quick writes" and encourage them to experiment during this writing. I also stress getting ideas down on paper, not worrying about conventions...this is my attempt at taking away the pressure of writing and making it less stressful for them. It seems to be working; the kids have been very positive about being required to write every day. Guess I can't please everyone.