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Ice Breaker: The Human Knot

In In-Services, Social Programs on February 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Materials:

  •  Humans

Prep:

  •  none

Instructions:

Have the group stand in a large circle. Reach across the circle to grab hands with others in the group and form a “knot”. You may not hold both hands of the same person. You may not hold hands with the people on either side of you. The object of the activity is to untangle yourself as fast as possible without breaking hands. You may briefly unclasp your hands to change grip if you’ve found yourself in a position where your wrist or shoulder is being pulled, but you cannot use this as a chance to “help” solve the puzzle.

Hints & Variations:

  •  This is a fairly physical game. Make sure that your group is going to be ok touching each other and standing in close proximity to each other.
  • You can also increase the difficulty by taking away people’s permission to speak or only letting 1 or 2 people speak.
  • This game gets much harder (and becomes much more of a trust exercise if you ask people to do it with their eyes closed or with blind folds on.
  • You can also divide the group into several smaller groups and make this game a race.
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Door Dec: Shield

In Door Decs on February 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Shield Door Dec
(Gabe)

Materials:

Instructions:

Cut the large shield out of colored paper and the smaller shields out of white paper. Glue them together and add your resident’s names!

Credit: Gabe, Valparaiso University

Door Dec: Simple Crown

In Door Decs on February 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Crown Door Dec
(Dia, Valparaiso University)

Materials:

  •  Colored paper (card stock, printer paper, or construction paper will all work)
  • Glitter Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • PTHB Simple Crown Template

Instructions:

Cut out the crowns from your colored paper, attach a simple color block for the name, and decorate with markers and glitter glue!

Hints & Variations:

  •  You can easily free hand the crown or choose a more complicated pattern.

Credit: Dia, Valparaiso University

Ice Breaker: Silent Line

In In-Services on February 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Materials:

  • Humans
  • Enough space to form a long line (it can curve)

Prep:

  •  none

Instructions:

Instruct the group that they must line themselves up by birthday without saying a word.

Hints & Variations:

  •  You can also play with other criteria, such as first letter of name, middle name, room numbers, age etc.
  • Split the group into 2 (or more) smaller groups and make it a race!

Ice Breaker: Blanket Showdown (Name Game)

In In-Services, Social Programs on February 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Materials:

  • Large Blanket

Prep:

  • None

Instructions:

Divide your group in  half with two people holding a blanket up so that neither side can see the other. One member from each group walks up to the blanket (on different sides). On the count of three,  the blanket is dropped. The two players then race to see who can shout out the other’s name the fastest! The person who correctly calls out their name first is the wins and the loser then joins the team that won that round. Repeat until everyone has gone or until one team has all of the players.

Hints & Variation:

  • This is a good game to play after people have known each other for a little while or halfway through a training day.
  • You can also play with questions instead of names (ie. What building do they work in? What is their major? etc)

In-Service: Untestable Qualities

In In-Services on April 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

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Supplies

 Part 1:

  • Copies of the checklist (and other things)
  • Writing things

Part 2:

  • Colored paper
  • Copies of the staff-activity chart (also in the above link)
  • Writing things
  • Laminating machine (optional)

Instructions

Note: General instructions for staff leader and discussion jump-points are inside attachment, pages 3 and 5.

After distributing the checklists to the staff, have them complete the ‘characteristics’ side (compassion, loyalty, etc.).  Once staff is finished, have them share one (or two or three, up to you) characteristics they marked off for themselves, and why.  After going around, have them turn their sheet over to another list, one of school subjects.  Mark off similarly: check off what they possess, skill-wise.

Discussion opens up from here.  Why did they know what to check off when presented with school subjects?  Grades?  People tell them they’re good?  Et cetera, go from there.  After, do the same principle with the characteristic side: how did they know they possessed those characteristics?  Did they get an A in compassion, or what?

Now discuss what sets the two checklists apart.  Further, why do we (or are supposed to) know who we are by the time we reach college?  What truly defines us: majors, job titles, or characteristics?  And what does the staff value individually?

This activity was formed on the basis that sometimes, as students, as Resident Assistants, whatever we may be, we forget what truly makes us amazing, and it isn’t our grades.  It’s the qualities and characteristics that we are never officially graded on, but that make all the difference in the world.

After discussion, have each staff member write down all names of their staff and one characteristic they relate to their coworkers (example: I, Mike, would write down a characteristic I found in my coworker, Christine, and each other coworker in turn, but not myself); this will serve as a reference at the next meeting.  Next time, the staff can come together with the charts (page 4), now adorned with what each person found in their coworkers, and they can write about why/how they find that trait in them.  If one has access, one can laminate the sheets for a more permanent keepsake.  Final discussion questions can follow.  And there you have it; a constant reminder of how awesome you are.  Enjoy!

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University

In-Service: Letters to Staff

In In-Services on April 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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Supplies

Envelopes for each staff member

Instructions

Have an envelope for each staff member and distribute them randomly amongst your staff.  Their task is simple: write something, or create something, to give to their fellow staff member – could be a letter, a poem, a drawing, whatever you’d like.

Try to shirk away from monetary and physical gifts; you don’t want some staff members feeling cheated because their writer didn’t buy them anything.  Just the sentiment that comes with a drawing, or the kindness that can come with words, is more than enough.

Bulletin Board – Nikola Tesla

In Bulletin Boards on April 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

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Supplies:

  • Template (BAM)
  • Butcher block paper (I used black)
  • Scissors and staplers and everything you normally use for bulletin boards
  • Push-pins
  • String/ribbon

Instructions:

Print off that pretty template with everything you’ll need.  Now, as in the example, space Tesla’s inventions and their related blurbs around the main ‘Tesla.’  Use the string or ribbon, in conjunction with push-pins, to connect each invention to ‘Tesla.’  Additional information and the blurbs about the three-parts awesome can adorn elsewhere on the board.  I’m using the quotes as hall-decor up and down the corridor.

And if anyone’s interested, the font used throughout is simply “Tesla.”

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University

Door Dec: Sci-Fi Spaceships

In Door Decs on March 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

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Supplies:

  • Black cardstock
  • Space and ship bases (example)
  • Functional printer
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement
  • Tape

 Instructions:

 Compile what ships and space backdrops you desire and print them out accordingly.  Cut the ships out as close to their edges as you can, and the space backdrops in whatever design you choose.  Cement the space backdrops to cardstock, following up with the spaceships.

Next, print off nametags (black background, if possible; I snipped a black-background document with the colored names names into a separate Doc to print, otherwise the black background doesn’t carry) and paste onto decs with tape; this allows for reworking, if need be.  Repeat as needed!

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University

SPPAAAAAAACCE!

Door Dec: Marvel Emblems

In Door Decs on March 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM

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Supplies:

  •  Assorted colored paper (construction or regular)
    –  Black & bright blue for S.H.I.E.L.D.
    –  Red & gold for Iron Man
    –  Green & purple for Hulk
    –  Gray & red for Thor
    –  Red & black for Deadpool
    –  Gold & red for X-Men
    –  Blue & red for Captain America
    –  Red & blue for Spider-Man
  • Logo template (See here)
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils
  • Rubber Cements
  • Functional printer
  • Scissors

 Instructions:

 First, use the logo template (or find/make others, if you so desire) and print off one logo for each resident.  Color them in accordingly and cut them out.  Rubber cement them to the first backing-paper, set aside.

Type up nametags for each resident, paying attention to the logos and fonts you have to work with.  Print those, cut those out, and rubber cement those onto the same backing-paper as their respective logos.

Finally, rubber cement the logo and its respective nametag onto the final sheet, where they will hang proudly forever.

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University