Faculty-submitted resources for your class

Discover helpful activities, teaching practices, and other methods shared by SFU faculty and instructional staff to bring conditions for well-being to life in your own learning environment.


Resources for "instructor support"

  • 5-Minute Well-being Activities
    Use these 5-minute well-being activities (no prep needed) to help your students enhance their well-being and academic success.

  • Assignment and Assessment Design
    This resource aims to offer ideas centered on flexible learning through intentional design of assignments and rethinking how we assess learning.

  • Bouncing Forward Resilience Course
    This free, CCR-credited online Canvas course provides strategies on how students can build their personal resilience and improve their well-being. It can be shared with your students in your syllabus, on your lecture slides or through an announcement. You can also invite SFU Health Promotion to come and present this content to your class.

  • Class Check In Activity
    To promote social connection between students, try facilitating these quick class check-in activities at the beginning of the hour.

  • Creating Class Guidelines for Working Together
    Use this class guidelines activity to respect difference and create a safe place for discussion.

  • First Day and Midterm Questionnaires
    To enhance the relationship between the instructor and students in the class by using a student-centered approach to cater course content that better suits different learning preferences.

  • Get to Know Your Prof
    To foster positive classroom culture, you can try these methods of introducing yourself to your class, helping them get to know you better as a person and not just as an instructor.

  • Health and Well-being Resources Slide Deck
    SFU Health Promotion has built a presentation slide deck you can use to share health and well-being information and supports with students at the beginning or end of your class. Contact Health Promotion or learn more about well-being education resources.

  • Make Space
    Maintaining our overall well-being is key to maintaining a supportive learning and working environment at SFU – whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member. SPACE is an easy-to-remember acronym that outlines five evidence-based areas to support your own, your peers’, or your colleague’s mental health.

  • Mindfulness Meditation Practice
    Taking a moment to pause and breathe can help students relax, de-stress, be present, and feel more grounded. Consider sharing self-guided mindfulness resources or schedule them as part of your classes, lectures, seminars, labs, tutorials, etc. Explore these resources, audio/video recordings and downloadable apps.

  • Recognizing & Referring Students in Difficulty
    Learn more about how to support students in difficulty, referrals to resources, and tips for taking care of yourself. This is a companion document for faculty, instructors, staff, and TA/TMs to the SFU Supporting Students in Distress Response Guide.

  • SFU's Response Guide for Faculty and Staff
    SFU's Response Guide for Faculty and Staff is written to help you identify and potentially assist students in distress, pointing them in the direction of appropriate services and supports for their situation.

  • Syllabus Language Regarding Stress and Support Services for Mental Well-being
    You can use this language in your class syllabus to help better inform your students about the support services available to them for their mental well-being.

  • Teaching Philosophy of Stephen Brown
    Be inspired by this sample teaching philosophy to get ideas for how you could create a supportive one in your class.