Hello everyone, first post here! For the last year and half, I've been applying for teaching positions while subbing. After countless resumes sent and several handfuls of interviews, I finally got accepted into an urban public high school in NJ. When the reality dawned on me that I was finally getting a genuine teaching gig, I was filled with a mixture of bliss and anxiety about the upcoming task. I am alternate route teacher and don't have mountains of pedagogy to fall back on but I do have a lot of passion and a strong knowledge of literature. I have 6 years of group tutoring and a year and a half of subbing, all of which I've done incredibly well so far. However, this will be the first time I'll handle something of this magnitude and want everything to be excellent. Any words of advice or even just encouragement? Mistakes to avoid or will inevitably make? How to make a strong first impression on my students the first day? I was told that the biggest issue I may have is low motivation and will have to plan as such. The school year starts in about a month so I want to plan as far ahead as I can. I already contacted my soon to be supervisor for recommendations.