Hi teachers! I'm hoping some of you can help. This will be my first year in a regular ed elementary classroom (without a directing teacher, outside of practica, etc.). My previous experience was itinerant with a caseload of students. My P is out of town until closer to the end of the month. Not only am I an over-achiever (like almost every other teacher I know), but my motto is: Fail to plan, plan to fail. I plan for everything! I have backup plans for my plans. I have a few questions that I haven't had a response on because my P is not around. But some of the most important questions involve scheduling and my classroom (which I have not seen). I have been a busy woman! I've been making things for classroom management, organizing filing systems, etc. But I've been chomping at the bit to start planning at least the first week of school. I know: 1. Classroom rules, procedures, and routines will be explicitly taught and practiced ad nauseum (most likely) :thumb:. I plan to do some of this outside instruction, but for 3rd grade, I'd love to address my rules, procedures, etc. during the course of the regular day and instruction (with extra time to practice until things become habit). 2. I need to get a writing sample, do a fluency probe, and assess for reading level as well. I'd like to do this all within the first 4 days, if possible. But how do I know what the specials schedule will be? How do I know how much time should be allotted for each subject area? How much time to spend on things? How long the morning announcements last (and how long my kiddos will have for morning journaling or work, etc.). I know I'll probably get this when I report for my first day of pre-planning, but I'm having a hard time planning for the first week (or 2) without having some rough schedule structure. I've been reading The Daily Five and The Cafe Book (and I'm blown away already) so I'd love to incorporate these approaches into my classroom instruction. I'm just at a loss as to how to plan! And I know that my pre-planning will be spent in meetings and I'll be lucky if I even see my classroom that week. (I've been told) What should I do? I hate putting things off. I know I'm going to be so nervous the first day the kids arrive, but I want to be nervous but very well-prepared, even if things need to change a bit (which I know they will). Thoughts? I'm a Type A planner/overachiever/don't stop 'til I drop sort of personality and I want to be outstanding (or reaching toward it!) that first week. I want to start strong. Thanks for your advice and for letting me get some of the nerves off my chest! You all have been lifesaving so far!