Expect things to take MORE time than you think they will. A simple little assignment that you think will take 15 minutes may end up taking the whole class period.
Expect things to take a lot LESS time than you think they will. You will sometimes find that what you had planned for two days will take 15 minutes. Then you will be facing 30 students with nothing to do – not a good situation. Always plan more thank you think you could possible need.
Don’t be distraught if you have to trash one day’s lesson plan because of an unexpected schedule change. That change will seem irrelevant by the time May rolls around.
As much as possible, handle paper only once. Fill out forms from the office as you receive them. Decide immediately what to keep and what to throw out.
You don’t have to do things the way the teacher next door does them. If piles work better than files for you, stick to piles.
Credit: Survival Tips for New Teachers ~ Edited by Cheryl Miller Thurston