I have almost made it through my first week in the classroom! I have two more weeks, then summer, then finish my student teaching in the fall. So far it has been fantastic. The students are amazing (freshmen and sophomores... I am so impressed with their maturity and insights), my mentor teacher is giving me full autonomy in the classroom (even working in the hallway so the students will go to me), which would probably be intimidating to some but I find that it really gives me the responsibility, and so far my lessons have gone well. The one thing that has been difficult is making sure I am ahead of the students. The classes are doing two novels, and I hadn't read either of them since high school, and I had literally two days to learn them before I started teaching, so that has been difficult. The other thing that is harder than I expected is having to write lesson plans. I have to write full nine point lesson plans for two classes, every day. I find this very impractical because the structure of the class doesn't really fit the structure of the lesson plan. While I do keep in mind the intro, closure, objectives, etc., it just isn't feasible. The lesson plan format also doesn't really lend itself to running a classroom- who do I need to talk to, what reminders do I need to give, what assignments do I need to introduce, what procedures will I have to reinforce, etc. So I end up having to write out my daily plan somewhere else anyways. I also find that I need to be so flexible because things come up, take longer, etc. that I don't end up following the lesson plan anyways. Do any teachers actually write full lesson plans for every lesson each day?