Teachers can prepare for months for the start of a school year -- preparing name tags and readying lesson plans -- only to shift to a new teaching assignment. In this commentary, National Board Certified Teacher Georgianna Castellano writes about a time when she was moved from teaching a first-grade classroom to kindergarten and explains how she responded to the situation. She suggests teachers identify first-day priorities, collaborate with colleagues, reach out to parents and identify ways for students to take ownership of the classroom.

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