Hi everyone! I just got a job as a third grade teacher! This is also my first year teaching! I don't have any experience in third, but I'm sure I'll love it! I have lots of questions and would appreciate any answers/advice/input you have for me!!! 1. Do you teach cursive? If so, how? 2. What are your favorite websites for ideas? 3. How do you get your "bluff" in on the first day? (I'll be teaching in a pretty rough area, so this is going to be crucial to have a successful year. I don't want them to be scared of me in any way, but I don't want to be a push over either!) 4. What are your consequences for bad behavior? 5. What are their personalities like? (I heard to expect some attitude! ) 6. Is it harder to get them motivated than younger students? 7. I want to do a "class pet" where one student takes home a stuffed animal (the class pet) and write about what it did over the weekend at their house in a journal. Are they too old for this? Will they think it's corny? 8. What are some of your favorite activities to do with third graders? 9. About how long does it take for them to get into the routine of things. (I know for younger grades, many don't teach content the first few weeks of school, rather rountines. Is this also necessary in 3rd?) Whew!! Sorry for all of the questions! I'm so excited and would appreciate any and all input!! Also, if there's anything you would like to add that is not here, please do!! Thanks!!