Okay so I was hired for a high school position. I will (MOST LIKELY) be teaching Language Arts 1 & 2 and a reading class. The thing is I have never had any experience teaching reading. The district is going to pay for me to get my reading endorsement but that will happen parallel to my teaching this class. I was fingerprinted on Friday and still have a drug test/nicotine screen/get a badge/sign my contract hopefully all next week, so I can start asap. I am nervous. I LOVE English and Language Arts. I love it. I'm excited but the thing is...Its October. The reason so many schools in my area are hiring is because enrollment numbers increased and they have to hire more teachers to distribute the student numbers to where they are supposed to be. So I will essentially get students from several different teachers. How do I handle the first day?! I was thinking of going over some ice breakers, introducing myself, getting to know them a little bit, going over behavior expectations and my syllabus. (Which I hope to have done BEFORE I go into the classroom. ) I would like any feedback any other teachers have about starting this late in the year as a full time teacher in high school. How to decorate a classroom, what classroom rules to implement, first day procedures, anything! I will have a mentor teacher as part of the district's program which I am eternally thankful for and intend to use but I would also like to have a good base of my own to come in with.