I was just hired as a fifth grade teacher to replace a teacher who handed in her resgination. This teacher will stay at least for the next week while the vacancy is posted and my paperwork is completed. I'm a new teacher and I don't even know where to begin. Obviously my first goal would be to make this transition time for the students easy--apparently at the beginning of the year (July 22 for these students), there were 2 5th grades but numbers were up and then they created another class. I'm not sure what teacher is leaving but if it is the newest teacher then these kids have been through a lot already. Any advice to help this transition easier for the students? I still need to get more info from the P but I will be teaching every subject except math. I think she said I would be teaching two sections of reading and two sections of science and I would be teach SS to my homeroom. I don't even know what do with my classroom because I haven't even seen it yet. I have interviewed at this school for a science lab position and a saw the lab but since this position literally came available late yesterday afternoon. I'm sure I'll have tons of questions and I want to thank you all in advance for your patience and willingness to answer my questions.