I started yesterday and already I'm exhausted. I was hired to replace a retiring teacher. The kids have been back at school for 2 weeks now. I knew I was going to be exhausted but didn't think it would be this bad. I wake up at 5am and am out the door by 6:15. It's a 30 miles drive to school so depending on traffic I'm there by 7am. Students enter the class at 7:45. Yesterday I was able to leave around 5:30pm. Today, not so lucky. I didn't leave until 7:30pm tonight. Then I come home and basically crash. My DH has been great as he's made dinner (and he rarely makes dinner and barely knows how to cook LOL) and emptied the dishwater etc. Today was the teacher's last day and she needed to show me where everything was (she was NOT organized AT ALL). She's a super nice lady and while we had several opportunities thoughout the school day to show me different things, she didn't. Anyway .. the other same grade teachers have been great! Lesson plans are due Monday morning before 8 am and I just don't know where to start! Ok, so now I'm rambling ... Just needed to 'vent' of sorts. Oh and did I mention I lost 6 lbs this week between anticipation (wasn't officially offered the job until Tuesday), excitement, nervousness and stress. On a different note .. first year teachers: what fears do you have for the year? What goals have you set for yourself for the year?