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.
I had so much fun making this bulletin board. Here’s what I did:
- I cut out red, orange, yellow and pink strips of paper to put on top of the light blue paper to create a sunset. These strips were usually wavy and came to a point at the end.
- I used an Ellison machine to cut out the dark blue waves and brown boarders.
- I cut out the boat from construction paper.
- Then, I used metallic markers and a light blue pen to add detail to the boat.
- The green sticky notes all say different things that someone could be doing between now and summer, and people can move tacks to whatever option applies to them.
When it was only the random strips of paper, I wasn’t so sure if it was going to work out. I kept working and it turned out pretty awesome. I’m really proud of this board.
I thought this board would be funny. If you have seen “We are the Millers” you’ll understand the reference. This board was basically to show that you should be careful of what you say on the internet and that your words can never truly be deleted.
I’m finally to the point where I make up my bulletin boards completely on my own. Before, I would use inspiration from others and then add my own touches. I’m so happy I came up with these ideas without an inspiration!
If your an RA, what is your favorite board you’ve ever made?
Here is my RA board for March! I thought I would post the tips that are on it to this post so it can help you too! For those of you who are in college (or maybe not)…
We’re just about half-way through the semester. You’re probably beginning to feel that mid-semester slump. Here are some ways to fight it!
- Make a scheduled time to go to the library. If you have a scheduled time, you are more likely to fit homework time into your schedule! You could also get a homework buddy. That way you won’t blow the homework off because you don’t want to blow off your friend!
- Take some time for yourself. You live where you go to school so sometimes it can be hard to escape homework and school responsibilities. Go hiking, go to a poetry slam, take a trip home, go for a run, etc.
- SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP! By getting more sleep you will be more motivated during the day to get things done.
- Reward yourself. Work in intervals. Do a half hour of work and do fifteen minutes of something you enjoy.
- Make a calendar that counts down the days until Spring Break. You may feel more motivated just by knowing Spring Break is so close! After Spring Break you can be more motivated knowing you just had a well deserved break and that before you know it, the semester will be over!
- Work out! Working out will released endorphins and give you more energy.
How do you fight the mid-semester slump?
Hey guys! So I thought I’d show you my bulletin board I had to make for my RA job in hopes to inspire you or simply entertain you! Each RA is assigned a staff task. My staff task is public relations, so I run my residence hall’s Instagram and Facebook. In addition to updating the social media sites, I have to attend committee meetings and decorate an additional bulletin board. This is my social media bulletin board inspired by Pinterest but I made it more my own. I really love how it turned out. This might be my favorite bulletin board I’ve made so far!
Are you an RA? What is your most current/favorite bulletin board you’ve made?
Alright! It’s good to be back. I recently became an RA at my college and have been busy with training.
When making my boards and door tags, I always look for inspiration so I thought I’d post what I did for my boards! In case anyone doesn’t know, an RA has to decorate certain boards within their residence hall and make matching door tags that match one of the boards.
I got my inspiration for this board from Pinterest, but made some changes to make it how I wanted it. I would’ve made the words “the winter blues!” in the yellow font, but we ran out of our scheduled time to use the cut outs so I made do with what I had. This was the board I made that matched my door tags. I made my door tags into thermometers and wrote “Do you wish it was warm?” in a gold marker. Yes, I know I spelt exercise wrong. I’m new. Give me a break.
This board we had to split. One side for flyers and one side for a way for residents to see which RA is on duty. I came up with this idea on my own. This one is probably my favorite. This is my only board that doesn’t change monthly (except for the flyers).
I got inspiration for this board on Pinterest. I didn’t know what to use for boarders but I used tissue paper to make wavy bumps (I don’t know what else to call it haha). The apps I listed from top to bottom are Instabucket, Productive, Strides, and NY Resolutions (I added the names just now because I realized I forgot them).
So far being an RA is great. I love making the boards and door tags. I love the staff. Being an RA has totally changed my college experience. Last semester I had a lot of trouble. I had trouble connecting with people was my biggest issue. The staff is great and we spend a lot of time together. Being an RA makes me feel like a part of something, I needed that. I am so excited for what is to come!
What changed your college experience?