First, I am new here. I didn't introduce myself so I thought I would sort of do it in this post. I am graduating next Saturday, start my job as a 5th grade teacher on Monday. There will be no sub between myself and the teacher that is leaving. I want the transition to be as smooth as possible, as some of the kids are having a hard time with the teacher leaving. I plan to have a class meeting of sorts first thing to discuss my expectations and theirs, but I do not want to introduce too many things on the first day, I kind of thought that adding a little of my own and taking out the old teacher's a little at a time would be the best way to go. Are there any good activities I could do to help the kids get more acquainted with me since they already know each other? Any other advice for taking over mid-year?