Three years since graduation I finally have a teaching job offer which I accepted, but I am unsure how to approach my next steps. I am Integrated Science endorsed and will be teaching science for 6th through 12th in a small rural school. For the high school levels I will always have Physical science and Biology with Chemistry and Physics alternating. I realize my first year is going to have a huge load to plan for six separate grade levels and classes. I obviously want to start planning lessons now! Any suggestions on how to survive this first year?! I asked about mentors and they do assign a fellow teacher, but they admitted they have five new hires this year and only 17 teachers total, so I know I can't rely too much on hand-holding. I am teaching in Northern Michigan by the way if that gives any context.