Veteran middle school teacher Marsha Ratzel offers advice about things novice teachers should do BEFORE the first day with students. A math and science teacher in Blue Valley KS, Ratzel's article has received more than 30,000 hits at the Teacher Magazine website. "These straightforward, practical tips can help you get off to a good start by smoothing the path to the destination you care about most—teaching well. Start thinking, planning and preparing now, and you’ll get there." It's a must read – and the sooner the better!