I will be teaching 6th grade math next year!! I am so excited but I have no idea where to start planning. I have started looking through the standards, but I don't want to start content planning until I talk to my principal about what levels I will be teaching. However, I am trying to figure out a few other things about next year. -How do I organize my desk, student papers, graded work, etc.? Should I buy trays to hold all of these things? -Which assignments should I grade? Right now, my mentor likes to collect every classwork assignment but it is a lot to grade each one. I'm also trying to figure out how my students can get immediate feedback on their work because we aren't passing it back in a timely manner. -What procedures are good to implement for 6th grade? My student teaching experience has been chaotic and my students' behavior has been horrible during transitions. They also don't raise hands at all, push their chairs in before leaving, etc. I definitely want procedures for entering the classroom and maybe even have kids get dismissed by table and line up at the door. -What rules/expectations should I have and how should I introduce these to my students? I know some people have students come up with classroom expectations as well. -I also want to have my students work collaboratively in my class. I learned about this in my education classes but I haven't been able to implement this very much in my student teaching. I know that I need to set up norms from the beginning, but I am not sure how to do it. Working collaboratively is also important for this school as well. -Do I need some sort of reward system in 6th grade? Right now, we have tickets for students who are behaving well but we don't use the system much and it seems way too babyish for 8th grade. Do I need something like this for 6th grade? I'm not a big fan of these types of systems except for individual students who need it. I'm still trying to figure out what my behavior management plan will be. I want to talk to my team teachers about this as well because hopefully there is something consistent for all of the 6th graders. -Classroom Decorations: I have no idea how to decorate a classroom, but I want it to be a welcoming environment for my students. I also don't want to spend a ton of money. -Should I start mapping out my units/curriculum when I figure out what levels I will be teaching?