Hi! I'm so relieved to finally be able to post over here. I am in the process of being officially hired as a spec. ed. high school English teacher. I'll be working with grades 9-12 at an urban low-income high school. I would be grateful for any newcomer advice you can give me. This is a career change and I'm still in the intern program at the local state college. My main concerns are classroom management and incentives. I'm going to be in a portable classroom with no windows and no extras, and would like to set up a welcoming environment. Students' abilities will range from working on finally passing the high school exit exam to non-readers. Do you know of great cheap sources for classroom materials? It has been made very clear that my supplies will include 50 pencils per trimester and that's it! Have incentives worked for you? What is of high interest to high schoolers? Thanks!