Where I live, high school begins in the tenth grade. Students who failed grade 9 science take remedial science when they enter grade 10. I found out today that I will be teaching remedial science next semester. I'm panicking right now because I have no idea what I'm doing. This is my second year teaching. As a student, I was always very academic. My background is physics, and so for the past two years I have been teaching mainly physics courses, which also tend to be very academic. Even my student teaching was in a physics classroom. Basically, I have no idea what I'm doing. What should the atmosphere in a remedial class be like? What types of activities should I plan? I'm scared that behavior issues will come up, because I haven't really dealt with that too much yet. What do I do if a student comes to class smelling like weed? My boyfriend spent part of last year teaching remedial math and these are all issues that he has encountered. The other problem is that I am a very awkward person. I have trouble connecting and building relationships with students, which I know is so so important in those remedial classes. I build relationships in my academic classes easily because the students can see I am working hard to help them understand the material and they respect me for it. But that's not going to work in a remedial class. I am not funny or entertaining either. Basically I am having visions of my career ending over this... I don't think I am well suited for it at all. Where do I start? Can someone help me figure out how to approach this?