Let me begin by saying that I am new to this site but so far, from reading all postings, really think I'll find what I'm looking for here. Seems like a range of suggestions/ideas from all over the country I just accepted a 5th grade teaching position at a school where I interned for a year (in Kindergarten). The school district is a very wonderful one and moreover, the school in which I am working has a wonderful staff and even more awesome students. So, needless to say, the "nervousness," so to speak of starting fresh at a new school really isn't affecting me. WHAT IS, however, affecting me is now the overwhelming feeling of having not a clue where to begin. I have all these great ideas of how I want my classroom to run, what I need to do to make it happen, etc., but for some reason I feel totally overwhelmed right now! If anyone has any suggestions ... maybe a timeline guide of sorts ... as to what the focuses should be at THIS moment, let me know!!! I'm sure once I meet with the principal and my grade level team that things will fall into place but right now I just feel like I have no idea what I'm doing - is that natural?? Even though I KNOW I have an idea - somewhere in my mind - of what I need to do? Make sense?