Hey everyone! First time poster here. I'm starting my student teaching this January and I'm pretty nervous. I will most likely be teaching in Washington County, Maryland in a secondary school, although I'm still not sure of the specifics. My major is Social Studies Ed., so I'll be teaching classes in the social science field. A few questions: 1) In general, what kind of things should I be doing to prepare for student teaching? Is there anything I can do to get ahead in the game? 2) I have some money budgeted towards student teaching in case I need it. Assume that I have a $500 budget. Are there any "must have" sources I should consider buying for student teaching, especially those related to the history/social science field? (i.e. Books, primary sources, dvds, computer programs) 3) Are there any quality message forums for history teachers only? 4) I was considering going to the library and checking out a high school world and US history book and just reading through them, coming up with ideas for lessons, brainstorming, etc. The problem is that I don't know exactly which grade I'll be teaching. Still, do you think this might be a good idea? 5) Any other advice, words of encouragement? Thanks everyone!