I have so many questions, I think I am stressing out over this switch even though I asked for it. I have previously taught 5th and 6th. I know that 3rd will be less independent than I am used to. But, are there any 'need to knows' about this grade level? Also, a few of my questions: 1. If I want to do a classroom economy, when is the best time to introduce it? How long of teaching it before the kids can go with it? 2. What kind of behavior management do you use/is best to use with this grade? If I do debits for behavior with the classroom economy, will this be enough (and additional consequences as needed)? 3. Reader's/Writer's Workshop....I have read the books...what are the first steps I need to take? Will Reader's workshop work with the use of a basal too? 4. Independent Reading...do you use AR? We have AR, but don't have to use it. I think I will because they are used to it from K-2. What should my expectations be with AR? Certain points or certain number of books? Do you have parents sign nightly? I think that's it for now. Anything else will definitely help, I can't help stressing over it!