Better late than never! Thanks so much to Deb over at Fabulously First for hosting such a sweet linky party. I'm still fairly new, but would've LOVED to have seen this when I was starting out last year. :) The advice every one has posted is not only useful for a first year teacher--but for anyone who still wants to learn how to be better in this fabulous profession.
1. I can't tell you how many times the "plan" was scrapped this past year. As a first year teacher, you really have to be ready to improvise because so much of what we're doing in the classroom that first year comes from improvisation. Just don't be afraid to scrap the plan! If your first idea didn't work--so what?! Try something new on the spot--you might end up pleasantly surprised :)
2. The text books offer some awesome lesson plans. That being said, be sure to look for other ideas in other sources as well. You will become VERY WELL acquainted with Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers--some of my very most favorite lessons/units last year were from the fabulous folks over at TPT. Be sure to utilize these fantastic resources.
3. Have fun with your little kiddos. You only get one year with this group of munchkins. Have fun with them because they really ARE so much fun :)