I worked as a Social Worker in my district and they are realllly short on teachers. I have been interested in teaching and They convinced me to sign up with an alternative certification program and within two weeks passed my TExES exam and was hired as a third grade teacher. I have NO experience as a teacher, not even student teaching. I need help. I'm sure I will learn a lot in my training but I would like to get the ball rolling as I only have 4 weeks. So, a few questions: 1) How do you start from scratch not knowing anything about teaching and lesson plans? Do the schools provide a format with what you need to teach or do teachers have free reign over what they teach and when as long as it coincides with the TEKS? 2) Tips on organization once I do get started. 3) OMG what am I doing I'm insane!?!?! I know I can ask the school any of this but I kindof want to put on that I know more than I really do. I don't want them to regret their decision.