Just like most everyone here who's started a new thread, I am a new teacher. I graduated over the summer (last Monday) with a degree in English and was hired for an English III position the day after. School starts on the 18th. Also, grad school starts on the 22nd. (I'm pursuing my MA in English through an online program at my local university.) I am scared witless. I'm generally an outgoing person and I LOVE English. I think my main concern is just going into that first class on the first day and having my students STARE at me while I'm completely clueless. Don't get me wrong - I'm preparing. I'm reviewing the curriculum and trying to start a lessong plan (although I have no idea how I'm "really" supposed to do that), but I'm afraid I'm going to come off as being a total fraud (which is how I feel for some reason.) I know the subject. I love the subject. It's being in the administrative role that I'm not used to. I'm teaching at the HS I graduated from (which was 8 years ago) and I've been an outside coach for their cheerleading organization for those 8 years, so I'm used to being their informal coach/friend. I definitely want them to feel that they can come to me and talk to me about things, but I also don't want them to see me and take me for a fool right off the bat. I don't know what I'm trying to say. I'm just nervous as hell.