Another one: The material is IMPORTANT!!!!! All the other stuff matters too, but the material is important!!!! You've got to get the kids to know the material, and you've got to finish the syllabus. Sometimes it's hard; the kids don't always know all you would like them to know coming in. And snow days and administrative decisions can wreak havoc on your planning. But you've got to know the material-- cold-- and you've got to get through it. Well, not "the last chapter in two days" kind of getting through it.