Once you’ve crossed the stage and received your diploma, you may think you have a few months to relax before you need to start focusing on teaching for the first time (officially). After all, during your student teaching and throughout your coursework, you doubtless heard that the first year of teaching is the most difficult. So a well-deserved break to recharge makes it tempting to do very little over the summer months before your first job. However, there are a few essential things that new teachers can and should be doing now that will make day-one and those first few months go much more smoothly!