So today was my first day of teaching and it was...interesting. I realized that my school is really bad at telling new teachers ANYTHING. They emailed out a first day homeroom powerpoint at 11pm last night (after I had already been to bed.) The lunch schedules are confusing because you have to go to each individual kid's schedule and write down their lunch time referring to a chart they gave us. (It's not already on their schedule.) I spent an hour figuring it out last night and it would have been a mess today if I hadn't. Lockers were also tough because they didn't write the kids' names on their locks. So once again, I had to refer to a chart. I took the kids outside to find their lockers, only to find that I had to refer to ANOTHER chart to give them their locker numbers. The kids got a paper with their locker combination and it did not say they had to write their name on it. After I collected them, I had to write the names on it during my prep...my entire prep today was basically figuring out locker issues for the kids in my homeroom. The secretary made two typos on my locker sheet as well which caused more confusion. I am more prepared/organized for collecting forms tomorrow. I know I should have looked through the bin with all of the stuff when I got it yesterday afternoon but I had so much work to do and left really late anyways. I got to school early today to look through the bin, but my computer mouse was broken and I had to call the tech guy to fix it! I had my homeroom for three hours and classroom management was not easy. I tried to use the 5-4-3-2-1 to get their attention with mixed results. We practiced it several times and they got better at it, but it wasn't perfect. I am thinking of buying a chime and I'm not sure if that'll work better. I'm really hoping the behavior was due to a lack of structure/lots of confusion on my part. Tomorrow, I'm planning on putting up homeroom expectations "You can choose your seat, stay in your seat, clean up after yourself." I will also call them up one by one to check off paperwork. The good news was that my only math class went really well. We did a "finding 100 numbers activity" that the kids really enjoyed and we talked about what good group work looks like. However, this is my smallest and highest class, because these kids are in honors everything else except they are in lower level math. The good news is that I think I can definitely count on this class to bring supplies because they were asking about it and I hadn't even given out my syllabus! My other two classes have kids in lower level everything and my mentor says there is a significant difference. My homeroom is 18 kids and I will be getting 16 more for my first period math class. I'm already dreading having so many kids! I did a lot of work before I left today...clear seating charts with numbers, discussion expectations on chart paper to review before we start, etc. and I'm hoping it will go alright.