I got hired for my first teaching job last week, and while I'm incredibly excited, I'm also freaking out a little bit. I was fortunate to go to Umaine Farmington (they have an incredible teacher prep program) and to have had student teaching and a stint as a long term sub, but I still feel a little unprepared. In all of my previous experience, I've had an established classroom to take over, and now I have to worry about establishing a classroom AND teaching 8th grade language arts :huh: ! I feel like I have a handle on setting up and setting forth my expectations (my aunt got me a fabulous book called The First Days of School). What I'm most worried about is that I have only 2 weeks until school starts, and I don't know what I'm going to teach. I have ideas for the first few weeks, but beyond that I'm lost. I'll be meeting with other teachers next week, but if there is ANY advice you can offer as I go into this year I'd be most appreciative!