Bulletin board for National Poetry Month
Harry Potter bulletin board. Each floor is a different house, and students can win or lose points for good or bad behavior, respectively.
Hufflepuff is in the lead!
Just wrote someone up for smoking weed in their room.
THEN had to deal with their friend coming to my door to tell me that I’m “inhumane” and should be more lenient.
For the application process:
Make sure they know that you understand that this isn’t a throw away job—it’s one that requires a lot of work and a lot of hours. They’re looking for people who can manage their time, connect with students, and make a positive impact. So my advise would just be to demonstrate that you have those qualities, that you’re ready to work hard and take on the stresses of the RA position, and that you’re passionate about it.
For being an RA:
Have fun with it. Have fun with your residents. If they’re all talking and having fun together in the lounge, go join them. While it’s important that they respect your authority, it’s even more important that they feel understood and respected by you. Developing close relationships with them will help. They won’t be thrilled if you write them up, but they’ll at least understand why you’re doing it and you’ll get a chance to talk with them about it instead of just facing blind hatred, as is often the case otherwise. It’s all a difficult balance, between school and job, friend and authority figure. It may take a little bit, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Bulletin board about offensive language. Next to each word is a paragraph about why the word is offensive.
My bulletin board for our Harry potter theme. There are 4 floors in the building so each floor is a house.
So I’m an RA in one building but when we’re on duty we’re also on duty for the building next door and I’ve never written anyone up there and I don’t know most of the residents in that building.
Tonight though I was on a round and I smelled marijuana so I had to write up this girl who I’ve never met before and she was looking at me like I betrayed her and she was like “Why would you do this?” and now I feel really bad.
Update: turns out one of my staff members has been trying to bust her for ages so I feel much better about it.
Worst thing: forgetting that you’re on duty and getting a call from your RD like “Umm.. why didn’t you call in?”