Okay...First let me say that I am currently certified for elementary (P-5), and so middle school is somewhat of a new area for me. I interviewed for this position last week and found out as of Wednesday that I got the job, I am just going to have to work on my middle certification while employed. The position is for 7th Grade Math. I was able to observe the teacher that I am replacing for two days, but I am now supposed to start Tuesday on my own and I feel so lost. I can't do anything with my classroom over the weekend because the previous teacher still has the key and is moving things out. Therefore I will be going in Tuesday without really knowing where much of anything is. So I have a few questions for all of you wonderfully helpful people out there. 1.) What should I do MY first day of class? I also forgot to mention that the students have already been in school for about a month now so I am coming into a classroom that has already been established somewhat. Do you think I should still work on procedures and routines with them, since I probably will do things differently than their last teacher. 2.) Also what are some of the procedures and routines that you use with your students? 3.) I was also thinking about doing some icebreaker activities since it will be my first day, just to try and get to know the students, do you think that this will be a good idea? Or should I just carry on with the content she was teaching? Also what type of icebreakers work well with this age group? 4.) Also while observing the class I was noticing that many of the students did not have their homework, what do you do if a students dosen't have their homework in class? Do you reward the students that do always have their homework? I apologize for this post being so long I just feel totally lost about what I should do my first day. I can't help but think it would be a little easier if it was the first day for them too. Anyway, any help any of youo can offer would be wonderful!!!