*Get to know the secretarial staff. They will be invaluable as sources of information. * Get to know the IT people. They can make your life much easier. * Be prepared to get sick more often than usual. Therefore, become friendly with the person who arranges substitutes. * Ask questions of those around you. They were once new, too.. *Make sure multimedia equipment works. * Have lesson plans ready for the first week. Meet with teammates to make sure you are on track. * Have an agenda on the board before the students arrive. An agenda gives you a plan and creates an atmosphere that things are going to happen in your class. * Have a Warm-up/Do now every day. A Warm-up gives the students something to do at the beginning of class while you are taking care of the housekeeping duties, like roll call. ? Have an icebreaker activity for the first day. This will allow your students to get to know each other and enable you to learn some valuable information about them. ? Understand your school’s policies about email. Try to return phone calls and email within 24 hours. * Fill out your gradebook as soon as possible. If your records are not kept up from the beginning, you could very well be overwhelmed the entire year. If you don’t have a gradebook, make sure you understand how to use the school’s website in order to post grades, assignments, etc. * Create and post a grading system consistent with school policies. * Create a restroom pass system that follows school policies while making your life easier. You don't want students constantly interrupting the learning process for restroom breaks. * Create a make-up work system that is in accordance with school policies. Make up work can easily snowball into a disaster. * Be a team player. Many schools are designed using a team approach and you will have to be flexible. * Dress professionally. Students may not take you seriously if you are wearing sneakers and blue jeans. * Have high expectations. Students will achieve more if you expect their best. * Be your own best substitute. Some days you will feel under the weather, and there is nothing wrong with a little seat work now and then. * Be tougher on the students in the beginning. It is always easier to lighten up than tighten down. * Be at your door to welcome students. If you act like you don't want to be there, how can you expect them to want to be there. * Learn their names as quickly as you can. It is much easier to control a class if you can ask 'John' to stop talking, rather that 'You with the black shirt!' One strategy is to learn just a few names the first day, and use them the next. This will get the students attention. * Say please and thank you to the students. If you model the behaviors you want, you are much more likely to get them. Remind students to say please and thank-you. * Be compassionate to your students' needs. However, avoid the common pitfall of wanting to be your students' best friend. *Make office hours so students can come see you at regularly scheduled times. *Let parents know when their child is having difficulty, so they have time to get help. Always explain what you have noticed without judgment. * Try to keep a positive attitude. There will be many ups and downs but you are in a truly noble profession.