Brimming with inspiration and ideas, this book is a basic how-to guide for new primary teachers and education students. The author provides a complete first-day plan, parent interaction strategies, and ideas for setting up learning centers and integrating seasonal activities. Written in a conversational style, the text is punctuated with amusing and poignant stories from the author's 32 years in primary classrooms. A multitude of tips for preparation and success equip users for their first year of teaching. In addition, veteran teachers will find refreshing ideas to lift them out of the classroom doldrums and nourish their love of teaching. A must read for new teachers, this book is an invaluable addition to the professional library and a handy resource for principals and supervisors who guide and encourage teachers. Grades 1-3.