Seven Years Later: 7 Things I Would Do Before My First Year As A Teacher If I Knew Then What I Know Now New Teachers by Joel Wagner - March 21, 2009June 30, 20107 My Twitter friend @MissCalcul8 recently posted on her blog soliciting help from her readers about how to prepare for her first year as an official teacher. She has been subbing some this year. I thought it was a great question, so I wanted to post my responses here as well as send you over to her blog to offer up some more suggestions (and perhaps subscribe to her RSS feed!). So without further ado, here are 7 things I would do before my first year as a teacher if I knew then what I know now. Figure out a classroom management plan (with or without rules) that works well for you. Make friends like crazy with other teachers. If you don’t have a mentor teacher, get one now. If you haven’t done so already, get your résumé in order. Apply for jobs beginning yesterday. Subscribe to Angela Meiers’ blog. Subscribe to Successful Teaching. What other tips do you have? Share them on her blog. What other blogs do you recommend specifically for newer teachers? Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.