Wow. It has been two years since I have done this segment… BUT I cannot wait touring it back. For those of you who are new, once you see my Thanksgiving intro post I will start writing daily thankful messages.
These messages are in hopes that you, yourself, will evaluate what you are thankful for in your life. In addition to discovering what you are thankful for, you may even be able to encourage others to do the same. It could make this time of year much easier for some.
I’m looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with you!
Here are my bulletin boards for Fall 2016! I had a lot of fun making them. I hope they help all you teachers/RAs out there to get some ideas.
For my “Get to Know Your RA” board, I used multiple materials. I used yellow backing paper and blue construction paper for the letters and informational papers. I cut out my letters using an Ellison machine (which should be provided by your school). I drew out the elephant by hand by using a picture online as reference. I also printed the pictures on computer paper. The boarder is made from streamers. I stapled about every inch or so to give the boarder the rippled effect.
I originally got the idea for a “Get to Know Your RA” board from Pinterest. I added my own twist by adding the elephant (which matches my door tags). The elephant ties in with the board because it is listed as one of the things I love. However, I didn’t want the point of the board to be all about me. For that reason, I added the questions in the lower right hand corner. I want my residents to know that I’m interested in them and their interests. I want to show that I am someone they can talk to. As an RA or as a friend.
This year, my RA staff task is Health and Wellness Coordinator. My “HIIT or Miss” board is to satisfy that requirement. Originally the idea was to have a board all about HIIT workouts, but the board ended up being much larger than I thought. I ended up explaining what a HIIT workout is and how it’s beneficial. Then I talked about how alcohol can affect your workout (this results in the potential “miss”). I also advertised our building’s Pinterest in addition to adding a “Make your own HIIT workout.”
I hope seeing my bulletin boards helped you to get some inspiration for any bulletin boards you have to make! You can make a difference through your boards. It’s your first impression most likely. Remember that.
A few weeks ago I brought my brother to a physical therapy appointment. As we sat down, I noticed a book shelf in the corner that said “Leave a book, take a book.” I loved how simple this was, yet how much “the book switch” isn’t done anymore.
By writing “Leave a book, take a book,” you are encouraging reading. You are encouraging people to try a new book. You are encouraging bringing back paper books. I know in waiting rooms people usually use something to occupy themselves…but lately it seems like all people use to entertain themselves is their phones.
Encourage reading books. It is not a lost art.
You can make a difference. Using something just as simple as a book case and a note can make a change.
Here is another activity that I did in my Elementary Education club at my college! We were asked to pick a piece of paper. Then we had to draw a picture of ourselves and put 5 little circles or clouds around the picture we drew. We were then told to write 5 things we like about ourselves inside the 5 circles or bubbles.
I filled mine out, and then I looked around at the other people in the room. Some people looked like they felt really uncomfortable. But then there were others that seemed perfectly fine with the idea.
I never thought that this activity could get such different reactions from people.
Afterwards we debriefed.
We were described the significance of this activity. People who struggled with the activity are more likely to have lower self-esteem. People who found this activity easy, are more likely to have higher self-esteem. But of course there are exceptions to the rule.
It is so important as teachers to have high self-esteem or to portray high self-esteem. Your students will be looking up at you for a significant amount of time each day. If you are an upbeat and happy teacher, your students will feel much more comfortable, safe and happy in your room. If you have or if you portray lower self-esteem, that could also rub off on your students. When your students leave your classroom, they will often feel whatever “vibe” you were giving off during the class.
Students who have higher self-esteem often do better in school and have less trouble socializing. Self-esteem can often lead to increased success.
You could also do this activity with your students and express the importance of self-love. Expressing that you are a good person to talk to if they have trouble filling in any of those circles can help create a window of opportunity to talk to your students. I know that when I become a teacher, I want my students to feel happy and safe in my classroom. Every student matters and I want them to feel that too.
What do you think is the importance of self esteem in the classroom?
In my Elementary Education club at my college, we sometimes do different activities to help us think critically about different situations in the world and in the world of teaching.
This activity happened to be for our club’s bulletin board that we have in the education building. However, I took a lot more from this activity than just to decorate the bulletin board.
We were asked to write what our favorite part about teaching was, in the middle of the hand we traced and cut out. My response was “the difference you can make.”
In my life, I have always wanted to make a difference for someone. So many people in my life have been completely and utterly inspiring to me. I can’t imagine not having these different people in my current life or to have passed through my life. That’s one reason why I want to make a difference, especially to my students, and be there for the students or the people who may not have been as lucky to have multiple people come into their life and change it.
This may be a simple activity that makes you think about why you want to be a teacher and what your goals are, but it can be so much more than that.
If your aspiring to be or are currently a teacher, what is your favorite part? If you’re not teacher, what is your favorite part about life in general? What do you want to pull from it?
So lately I have been doing excellent (if I do say so myself…) with staying on track when it comes to working out and eating clean so I thought I’d share some of the things I have been utilizing to do that!
Eating clean doesn’t mean you can’t eat good food. When eating clean, I eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. I also eat oatmeal, healthy grains, walnuts, etc. However if I do feel like I want something sweet, I’ll have some walnuts and chocolate chips or chocolate Cheerios with peanut butter. Usually when I indulge I try to keep some nutritional value (such as protein) in the mix.
You don’t have to work out as much as you think you do. I work out for about forty minutes to an hour about 3 times a week. In addition to that, I try to do two planks every day. Planks do wonders. I’m sure you’ve heard that before but you should try planking everyday and you’ll notice the difference! Overworking yourself can actually do more damage than good.
Time to yourself can do amazing things. You’re probably wondering why I’m including this into a fitness related post. Well, it has made the difference for me so I thought I’d share! I go to sleep at eleven or twelve every night and wake up at eight or eight-thirty every morning. From eight to nine in the morning is my time to sit and write, plan or read. I don’t use technology during this time. This time is used to help sort my thoughts and establish my “happy place” before my day starts. By making this time in the morning, nothing can get into the way. If you set time aside later you may push it off to complete other things.
I really recommend trying these ideas. I know some of them are somewhat common knowledge but I never really set my mind to doing these things. Ever since setting my mind to be on a sleeping schedule, set time aside for myself, work out and eat clean, I have felt so much better physically and mentally. I have felt so much better since I have eaten cleaner, slept more and had time to myself. I want you guys to feel that improvement in yourselves!
What do you do to stay on track?
Starting today I am going to eat as clean as possible. I’m writing this two seconds after I randomly decided to do this. I’m actually really excited! (It has now been two months since I originally wrote this, and I’m still eating clean for the most part.)
I generally eat clean anyway, but I want to clean up my diet even more. Along with this, I’m still going to continue my workout routine but with cleaner eating to find out the results.
- Stick to a plant based diet.
- If you feel like you want carbs…chances are your body probably wants them. That’s okay, just make sure it’s within reason.
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat slowly. If you eat slowly you will be less likely to over-eat.
- No processed foods.
- You can have small treats a day. It helps to get you started on eating better. Then, slowly start removing the sweets.
- Try eating more veggies and fruit than non fruits and veggies. Think of your classic portion sizes.
- If you end up cheating, don’t beat yourself up. Just pick up where you left off.
You got this!
I have now been trying to eat exceptionally clean for the past two months, and yes I have had a cheat meal or even a few cheat days in a row. However, I am still making progress with every decision to eat cleanly. The way I eat is based off of what has been working for me and on research I’ve done. I just thought I would share my eating clean journey with you guys, in hopes that something I’ve been trying might work for you. It’s a process to eat clean, just take baby steps.
How did you start eating clean?