Every day as students come into the room, they immediately attend to writing a journal entry that is on the overhead projector. One student in each class has the responsibility of distributing and collecting the journals every day. This activity permits me to take roll, talk to students about individual problems, and to give a mind-set to the classroom activities for the day. Journal entries may involve use of new vocabulary or key questions. This activity can be used in any class as a warm-up activity or preparation for class activities.