Hi everyone! I went today and signed my paperwork- I'll be teaching Algebra I and Algebra II. My first day is Monday. I'm so excited!!! I'm nervous too, because the students started on August 7th, so I'll be going in after a week and a half of school. I am going with an alternative certification with no education background, so all I have to work off is what I can find online and the advice I get from friends and family that teach. We have long blocks- 85 minutes. I figure I can kind of roll with it the first few days, but from what I understand, the best way to manage a class is to keep students busy. I had planned on meeting them at the door with a copy of a syllabus and a student questionnaire. Basic stuff: name, seat #, favorite subject, why they think it's important to learn math. I was going to let them choose their seats and then make those seats assigned. After doing that, I was going to go over the syllabus briefly and then get started on a little pretest type thing. Something to help me understand where they are with their math skills. A lot of the schools in the area just pass kids so they aren't held back and the middle schools feeding in this high school are notorious for it. I don't want to dive right into chapter one only to lose half the class because they don't have the skills required to move into that material. I realize they may have already done this, but I don't have any of that information. After that I was going to go over the review chapter very briefly. I have the teacher editions already and have looked through them some. To be honest, I'm not even sure there are classes yet. I think they're sitting in the library or cafeteria during that block because the administration is not sure which room I'll be in. I'll get a room assignment and keys 7AM Monday. First block starts 722. That leads me to believe there is not currently a class being run by a sub. I'm trying to be as prepared as possible and really appreciate any advice!