Hello - I am hoping to seek anyone's advice. I'm gearing up for my first year of teaching this coming fall. I applied for one of those alternative licensure programs to teach SPED in an urban district, and I will be completing my MA on top of it. Needless to say, I'm both excited but nervous about this new path in my life. After serving in the business world for umpteen years, I finally feel like I'll be serving a purpose, however, I know it requires a lot of work. So, there are a lot of 'what-ifs' with this program. I guess my main concern is lesson planning. Please forgive me. I have never taken a teaching course before, and despite a couple of classroom observations, I don't know how it all works. Are teachers required to compile an entirely new lesson plan from scratch for each class they teach? Or, do they have special teacher's textbooks from which to teach? Any advice would be much appreciated. If you all could give me some idea of how you structure your day...what an average 'class period' looks like from start to finish...good resources..tips...anything. Thanks much.