I am coming into the classroom after the school year started (school started August 1st). I will be asking my principal a ton of questions today, but had some for you... For the first day, I planned to introduce myself, go over the class rules/procedures, and give a pre-test to students to try to gauge their knowledge in the subjects. Would you do something different since the students have already been in school for a couple of weeks? I will be teaching 7th graders - do you still send a note home to introduce yourself to parents? I remember my kids getting this with elem teachers, but can't remember if it happened in middle school. I am planning to offer a rewards system - I wanted to catch them doing good and reward them for those efforts. I know for instant gratification, I can provide a sticker (they LOVE stickers in secondary!!), but what would you provide for say a bigger treat at the end of the week? I thought of drawing a name from all those "do-gooders" (am I really teaching language arts?!?) to give something at the end of the week, not sure if a cool pencil or eraser will cut it though. Any other tips for coming in after school has started - especially for a new teacher?