The good (amazing!) news: I got my first teaching job! It's for third grade. The not-so-good news: I am completely lost as to what to do next. I got my keys, did my physical and filled out the paperwork etc. I am moving up there (it's an hour and twenty minutes from home and I still live at home - so my first time moving out) and have secured an apartment. Today I met with the principal to get my keys and do paperwork and now I won't see her again until August 19th, when new teacher orientation starts. I have that for three days, in-service for all teachers the entire week after, and school starts on September 1st. I have access to my classroom (for now...they are going to be tiling it soon). I know I am going to go through and sort what the teacher left (a lot!) and figure out what to do with the things I don't need (she left a lot of old things and old curriculum books). I know I can make a welcoming bulletin board. I know I can start developing a classroom management plan. I can't make job charts or things like that because I do not have a list of my students. So what else can I do? I feel completely lost as to how to start planning lessons, although I do have the curriculum books for reading and math. When I asked the principal about starting lesson planning she suggested I e-mail the two other third grade teachers, since we will be teaching the same things/at the same pace etc., but I'm not sure what exactly to ask them, since that's so broad of a question. I also don't think I am given any money to spend on my classroom. No one has mentioned anything and I'm sure they would have by now. I have been to afraid to ask as I don't want to look...I don't know...greedy? But I am flat out broke until the year starts. Any advice, any links for first year teachers, questions I should make sure I ask etc. would be very appreciated. Thank you!