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RA In-Service Ideas

Some topic ideas for RA In-Services
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Shannon Parker

on 23 July 2013

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RA In-Service Ideas
1) Staying motivated to finish the semester strong
7) Trends in the hall
How to recognize them and how to educate your residents to make better decisions and keep each other accountable.
2) Managing your time effectively
How is this important and what can it do for you?
Obj
: To help the RA's learn ways to manage their time, especially when there are holidays and finals.
3) Holiday hall management
What to do? How to manage mischief that might occur.
Some tips and tricks to stay motivated are to make time for yourself and learn to say no early on.
4) Re-establishing respect
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: find out what it means to me. What is respect? Do you have it? What to do if you've lost respect.
5) Creative Programming
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to be creative and host good programs. Give them a time to plan and bounce ideas off each other.
By: Shannon Parker
6) Balance and boundaries
How to know your line, how to tell someone they're crossing it, and how to know when to adjust your lines.
8) Quizzo/ Jeopardy
How much do you remember from Fall/winter training?
9) Incorporating new students into an established community
It's hard coming to a new place, especially when everyone else seems to already be in a group. How do you make someone feel welcome, without singling them out?
10) Gossip 101
"You can't sit with us!" Gossiping is just mean.
11) Upcoming campus events
How to stay up to date, what to get in on, and how to make other campus events work for you instead of against you.
12) How to plan campus-wide/ large scale programs
This can be your biggest success, or your worst nightmare, it just depends on how much you're willing to do and who can help you make your dreams happen.
13) How to continue to build community
You already have a community established, so you don't have to do anything else. Right? Wrong! You have to keep strengthening the bonds, or else they could break or become destructive.
14) Being a leader
Activity
: Use what you've done this semester to think of ways that it will help you get a job and to become more well known on campus. Make a hat that encompasses all the jobs you do, even the ones that others don't normally see.
15) Understanding your evaluation
They can be the most stressful time, but can help you become so much more.
16) Creating new goals
Some of your goals might be complete, but you can always make new ones. The nice thing about goals are, once you accomplish one, there's always something new to strive for.
17) Resources in Louisville
This city has a lot to offer, you just have to look for it.
18) Preventing RA Burnout
Obj
: Recognizing the signs, eliminating/reducing the causes, and how to recover from burnout.
19) Volunteering
20) Communication
You know how to communicate messages through programs and hall decorations, but how well do you communicate verbally or in an email?
21) Learning from your residents
They can teach you a lot, you just have to pay attention to what they're telling you. Reading the signs from your residents and letting them share their knowledge with you.
22) Conferences
Obj
: Teach the RA's that conferences are important and that they should go to as many as possible. Also, how to get to them, how to prepare for one, what to or not do at them, and things to do when you're home from one. Also, how to dress, ask questions, and keep contacts.
The End
Any questions, comments or feedback?
email me at: shannonparker@ymail.com

Obj
: How do to maintain community, strengthen it, and signs to watch for it breaking.
Activity
: Have the RA's prioritize a list of items that need to be completed in one day. Then have the RA's map out their schedule for the upcoming week to see what they need to accomplish, and how much time they will need.
Provide them with calendars and paper to use to write their lists and schedules on.
Obj
: To prepare the RA's for some incidents that they might encounter during a holiday, that they might not encounter during the normal days.
Activity
: Scenarios- BCD's. Challenge the RA's by giving them scenarios that they might encounter if they are staying in the halls during a holiday.
Have the returning RA's share their stories and let the new RA's ask questions.
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to recognize if they're loosing respect in their hall and how they can gain it back.
Activity
: Have the RA's make a list of what they think respect is, how to gain it, how to loose it, then what they can to to regain it once it's lost. Make your own "Rules of Respect" to help you teach your residents how to be respectful.
Provide the RA's with poster sized paper and markers, then they can post their "Rules of Respect" in a location where they can reference them,
It's easy to get into a programming routine (read: movie nights, pizza parties, or passive programs). It's time to be creative and host programs that your residents won't soon forget.
Activity
: Brainstorming session to bounce ideas off each other and to gain input on ways to make the program more interactive.
Obj
: Learn how to know if you're fulfilling your role properly and what to do to help your hat sit a little straighter.
Hosting good programs takes planning and effort, but the payout is worth all the time put in.
Obj
: Teach the RA's to establish boundaries, know what boundaries are appropriate, talk about inappropriate boundaries, and how to work with someone who is crossing your boundaries.
Activity
: Is this okay? What will you allow, what won't you, what things should not be allowed (i.e dating another RA, gossiping about other staff members, etc.) and how will you make your boundaries known? Have the RA's think about their boundaries on their own, then come together as a group to talk about group boundaries.
Obj
: To inform the RA's about current trends in the halls (i.e. more alcohol violations than normal, less attendance at programs on certain nights, etc.) and discuss strategies to help decrease these trends.
Activity
: Brainstorming- what can we do to help our students make better choices? Write out ideas and think of how effective they might be.
Don't forget to ask the RA's about trends that they've seen within the halls.
Obj
: Assess how much the RA's remember from their past training sessions. This will help you determine what needs to be more heavily emphasized next year
Activity
: Play Quizzo/ jeopardy with the RA's to test their knowledge. The winning team can either win a prize or be the first in line for the next meal.
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to incorporate new students into the existing community.
Activity
: What would you do? If you were new to a floor/hall, what would you want the RA to do to help you feel welcome? What wouldn't you want them to do? Have the RA's discuss their ideas, come up with strategies, and have someone play 'devil's advocate'.
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to end gossip in the halls, within the staff, and around campus.
Activity
: Scenarios that involve people gossiping, but also have scenes that show what you don't see (i.e. someone crying in their room or telling their parents they want to leave school).
Remind RA's that they are role models and that anything they say, even jokingly, may be viewed negatively.
Obj
: Making the RA's aware of campus events that they are expected/encouraged to attend
Activity
: Have Student Involvement come in to discuss the calendar, answer questions, and give the RA's a copy of the calendar.
Activity
: What's been going well, what hasn't, and how do you plan to make your community stronger? Challenge the RA's to think about ways to grow their community.
Don't forget to talk as a whole staff!
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to plan a program, focusing on campus/hall-wide and large scale.
Activity
: Plan a program, but make it large-scale/ hall-wide. Challenge the RA's to think of something that they could actually do during the year.
Think outside the box!
What's that? A hat? Crazy, funky, junky hat.... We've been there, we've done that, we see right through your funky hat.
As an RA, you wear many different hats, but are they on backwards?
Obj
: Help your staff understand what they're being evaluated on and how they should interpret the remarks.
Activity
: Mock evaluation. Have the RA's mock evaluate a group of RA's based on a made-up list of characteristics and performances.
Help them understand how the evaluations are beneficial.
Obj
: Help the RA's understand when to make a new goal, how to edit old goals so you can complete them, and how to know if a goal is unachievable.
Activity
: What are your personal, professional, and academic goals? Make a list of them, followed by ways you are planning to accomplish them.
Inform your staff of different resources (such as mental health facilities, homeless shelters, animal shelter, etc.) that are located in the area. Students can make a difference in everything they do.
Obj
: Help your staff learn resources available off campus that they can use to help their residents and to complete a community service project.
Activity
: Scavenger hunt- challenge the staff to find as many resources on a list as possible. They must bring back signatures and information for the rest of the staff. Each group will have a different list.
Activity
: What stresses you out? What are ways you plan to alleviate some stress? Have the Ra's create lists answering both of these questions. Have them compare stresses and resolutions to help them learn new ways to cope with their stress.
In the end, you will be building a stronger staff because you will be helping them learn how to strengthen themselves despite their weaknesses.
Think outside the box, the opportunities are endless.
What are you doing to lend a hand?
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to get their residents to volunteer, who to contact for help planning a Philanthropic event, things to remember while volunteering, and how to find volunteer opportunities.
Activity
: Inform them about volunteering and what it means to be a good volunteer. Then give them time to brainstorm ideas, think of ways to get people involved, and create goals for an event. You could bring in a guest speaker (i.e. Brett Steele) to talk with them about ways to volunteer and get people involved.
Obj
: Teach the RA's how to properly communicate via email and verbally, especially when working with a Campus Partner or challenging resident(s).
Activity
: What's wrong with this? Provide the RA's with scenarios/ messages that they have to edit to be correct (i.e. poorly written thank you letters, down-talking to residents during an incident, etc.). Help the RA's understand why these are incorrect.
Remember to clearly explain the "rules for writing" to the staff. For some, this might be their first job where they have to do this.
Obj
: Help the RA's learn to listen to their residents because they have information that can help you (learn their interests, know when something is wrong, etc.).
Activity
: Mock conversations with residents. Have the RA's decipher what the resident is trying to tell them (i.e. mental health, interests that would be good for a program, etc.), then have the RA react appropriately.
It's one thing to hear, but it's another to listen.
Who cares about conferences? They're just boring and a waste of time.
Activity
: Q&A with RA's who have attended conferences before. Focus on all parts of the conferences, not just the sessions (i.e. travel, making contacts, being professional, etc.)
Don't go around burning bridges, you never know who has connections with someone else.
Shall we begin?
Activity
: What motivates you? Make a list of things that motivate you, what demotivates you, and how your supervisor can motivate you to keep working hard.
Obj
: To give the RA's strategies to help them stay motivated and finish the semester strong.
Never give up!
Have RA's make suggestions for events they might want to host next year.
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