AASL Post: How to Get Ready for a New Year at Your New School

How to Get Ready for a New Year at Your New School | Starting off a new year at a new-to-you school can be daunting, but it's also an exciting opportunity. Here's five tips to help you prepare.

Starting at a new school can be overwhelming, so it’s good to have a plan.

I’ve shared this on social media, but not in an official blog post here.  This year, I will be the new media specialist at Tampa Preparatory, an independent 6-12 school.  It’s my first time at a new-to-me school since I started at Stewart seven years ago.  I’m excited and anxious at the same time.   There are so many things to do and figure out when starting at a new school.

How to Get Ready for a New Year at a New School

In my post over on AASL Knowledge Quest, I share some tips and advice on getting ready for your new year at a new school.  A lot of these are useful if you’re continuing at the same school as well.  It’s tempting to try to do ALL THE THINGS.  But if you can focus and limit yourself to the most important things right now, you’ll have a much better year at your new school.

Click on over to learn how you can:

  • Go in early
  • Clean house (but not too much)
  • Get to know your students and teachers
  • Don’t overplan
  • Re-evaluate and reflect halfway through the year

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.