I'm a first time teacher and am starting in two weeks. I've pretty much OD'd on this site as well as the ECning site (I'd rather be overprepared!) and have been trying to set a few tentative plans in place based on the information and ideas I've found. I don't know if these would actually work in my classroom, but I was hoping I could put them down here to see if any of you could find glaring problems with what I've got so far. ANY input would be appreciated. Tentative classroom schedule for a 50 minute class: Minutes 1-4 = class settling, taking roll, etc. min 5-15 = reading outloud from short story/book 17-27 = kids freewrite in journals about how they relate/don't relate to passage read 28-32 = talk briefly about how kids felt about the passage 33-50 = vocabulary/curriculum-given/long-term-project activity I know it will never be this precise, but as I said - this is just me getting my initial ideas down. As for this next part, I'm not sure how many grades the principal actually wants per six weeks. We'll find out in the next week or so. Basically, this is how I tentatively plan to map out their grades: Every 6 Weeks: 5 Major Tests and 1 Essay will = 60% of their grade Homework, Quizzes, and Participation = 40% of their grade I don't know if that's completely unreasonable, but if it sounds like it is - please tell me! This is all what I've just sort of figured out on my own. Thank you!