I manage the morning rush of information by having my students do their journals first thing in the morning, after signing in. This works really well, we always have time for journaling, and are never rushed. It is a change from end of the day journaling, but the students are still as eager to write. While the students are journaling I can speak with parents, collect homework, take attendance, and attend to any other issues. On days when I am not as in demand I can sit down with students and transcribe stories for them.