I have taught middle school for 26 years. It took me a few years to feel
comfortable in the classroom.
I know some people will advocate jumping right in with an art activity, but I
like to establish my rules and procedures from DAY ONE. I also put rules,
information, etc. in WRITING and each student gets a copy.
Suggestion: If you think something might be disputed later, put it in
I like the book "The First Days of School" by Harry Wong...it will give you
good ideas for classroom management.
The people on this list have fantastic ideas for lessons or they know where
to find them!