No matter how long I have taught, I still get butterflies in my stomach before the first day. I don’t sleep for weeks prior to school starting, and when I do, the “back to school nightmares” appear. Do you have those? (The common themes include: I walk in my room the first day, and realize that I didn’t set up my room at all. My class won’t stop talking, and nothing I am doing will get them to listen to me. I am switched grade levels, and I don’t know until the first day. All of my students walk in, and I have absolutely nothing for them to do on the first day.)
The other night, during one of my restless nights, I was thinking about tips for new teachers.