I'm a first year teacher, who started mid year and I am drowning... I teach great 8th grade kids and have very few serious behavior problems. I can't complain about my school at all. But I am seriously in over my head. I want to come up with creative engaging lessons for my students so they don't say that what we are doing is boooorrrinnggg. If you are a Social Studies teacher, do you have a specfic outline for how your weeks look? For example, I have a teacher friend who has 3 days of lecture/notes, one day of group work, and one day of individual activities. I love that but I dont know about the 3 days of lecture... Right now- all my days look different.... I am using guided notes and powerpoint for lecture, (we have a textbook) so I will cover a bit of the section and then have the students do an activity... a bit of the notes then have the students do an activity.... ect. I guess I say all that to say, is the method Im using wrong? Should I lecture one day and then do an activity the next? I seriously feel like I'm in so far over my head. I'm stressed to the max every single night.