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Tools for Well-being in the Classroom

Tools for Well-being in the Classroom (TWC) is a Well-being in Learning Environments initiative that builds on the work that faculty members and other instructors are already doing to support student learning and well-being.

Faculty members, instructors, and TAs/TMs are invited to try out quick strategies to support well-being in their own classes, tutorials, and learning environments, and have their students participate in a survey to evaluate its impact. An additional goal of this initiative is to expand the network of faculty, instructors, and TAs/TMs interested in exploring strategies that support well-being in learning environments.

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Contact us if you have any questions

Lehoa at lehoa_mak@sfu.ca

Alisa at alisa_stanton@sfu.ca

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Get access to a toolkit of activities and templates that you can use right away

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Implement the well-being check in

Do what works best with your class and schedule. Try out a well-being activity at any time in the term.

Send out a survey to your students

Be part of a shared assessment process to help us assess the impact these activities have on student well-being

Bonus

Choose to attend optional drop-in chats or other opportunities to connect with participating faculty members, instructors, and TAs/TMs

Why is this important?

Everyone’s well-being has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and incidents on the world stage; each person has and continues to experience this differently. The pandemic has exacerbated mental health stressors. Youth aged 18-30 have been particularly likely to report increased anxiety and stress in 2020 (Samji et al., 2021). Students at post-secondary institutions also reported increased stress as we all navigated the switch from in-person to remote teaching, along with other pandemic-related educational complications (Rashid & Di Genova, 2020). Instructors, faculty, and TAs/TMs play an important role in creating conditions that support student well-being, and with that student learning, engagement, and retention.

For more information about the impact of well-being on student success, and ways that instructors can affect both, see this project rationale.

What’s in it for you?

  • Resume for advancement/line for CV

  • Improved classroom environment and student learning

  • Be part of a support network of faculty, instructors, and TAs/TMs

  • Access resources and learn with and from others on what they are doing to contribute to well-being and student academic success

  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • Letter of recognition from Dr.Elizabeth Elle, vice provost and associate vice-president, Learning & Teaching

Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Highlights and Testimonials

“It was really nice to have a prompt to help get conversations with new people started. It made it feel less intimidating to talk to someone new. I also loved how open the prompt were, allowing us to engage as lightly or deeply as we liked. I feel like we often started out saying pretty standard things like being stressed about exams, but after a while people started sharing more personal and meaningful things about themselves. The activity made me feel like a part of a community.”

- student who was in a class that participated in TWC

Examples of Well-being in Learning Environments in Action

Acknowledgements

This initiative is a collaboration between the SFU Health Promotion team and the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines team. 

Piloted in Fall 2021, the inaugural program was funded by the Student Experience Initiative, and was guided by the Advisory Committee:

  • Hasina Samji 
  • Mark Pickup
  • Sarah Walshaw 
  • Suzanna Crage

References

Rashid, T. & Di Genova, L. (2020). Campus mental health in times of COVID-19 pandemic: Data-informed challenges and opportunities. Campus Mental Health: Community of Practice (CoP) Canadian Association of Colleges and University Student Services. https://bit.ly/3lbLZQU

Samji, H., Dove, N., Ames, M., Barbic, S., Sones, M., & Leadbeater, B. (2021, July). Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of young adults in British Columbia. BC Centre for Disease Control. hhttp://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Professionals-Site/Documents/COVID-Impacts/BCCDC_COVID-19_Young_Adult_Health_Well-being_Report.pdfttps://bit.ly/2VkmkdW