Already back-to-school? How to begin planning? Read my journal notes to find inspiration, generate ideas, and get pumped about teaching. Prefaced with words of encouragement from mentors, this resource has 15 mini sections: Mentally prepare, act confidently, ready the classroom, dress to impress, cultivate kindness, promote self-efficacy, review roster, avoid politics, manage classroom, explain guidelines, address discipline, send welcome, lesson plan, materials for teacher, materials for students. Steal my personal tricks-of-the-trade, or adapt per your style/subject. This empowering resource is the ultimate pep talk! Overachievers, also view my "40 Quick Tips: Best Practices".