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 "positive classroom culture"

  • 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.

  • 8 Ways to Build Resilience
    This series of videos, presented by the Health Peers, is based on Health Promotion content found in Bouncing Forward Resilience Course. Students can learn about the 6 building blocks of cultivating resilience and follow along with the activities demonstrated in each of the videos. Consider sharing these with students or schedule them as part of your classes, lectures, seminars, labs, tutorials, etc.

  • Active Learning Techniques
    Duke University has put together this guide on active learning techniques. Help build a positive classroom culture by incorporating some of these and strategies in your lectures or class time.

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

  • Comment Card
    Use this comment card by Mark Lechner to get feedback from your students throughout the term and create a flexible learning experience.

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

  • Creative Pre-class Activities for Social Connectedness and Student Engagement
    These activities increase student engagement and help students start off the class connected and with their brains activated.

  • English as an Additional Language (SFU)
    SFU has a variety of academic resources and support structures for EAL students, many of which have been compiled in this brief document.

  • 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.

  • Ideas for Social Connection Start Ups
    Foster social connection by trying out these quick activities in your classroom to get students talking to one another.

  • 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.

  • Media Labs and Embodied Humanities
    This resource offers suggestions on how to incorporate an Embodied Humanities approach to help ground students in the material world and make eighteenth-century literature that students read more engaging.

  • 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.

  • Practices that support student well-being in remote (or in-person) settings
    Atousa Hajshirmohammadi spends 5-10 minutes of each class to introduce tools and topics related to well-being. Explore a variety of ways to show students that you care and support their well-being and success in learning

  • Pronoun Etiquette Cheat Sheet
    Adam Dyck creates an inclusive classroom by supporting the declaration of self-identified pronouns in a “pronoun round” as part of introductions at the beginning of the semester.

  • 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.

  • Team Style Grading Rubric
    Use this grading rubric to improve your students’ experience with group work, by assigning grades to the quality of team work.

  • The “Work-window” Time Management Method for Individual and Group Assignments
    This resource shares a holistic approach to teaching that support student success and well-being by incorporating a strategic time management technique called the “work-window”.

  • Trans and queer supportive spaces: resource guide
    his online resource guide includes toolkits, reports, graphics, and additional resources to learn more about how to contribute to a more inclusive learning environment.

  • Universal Design for Learning in Post-secondary Education
    The Teaching and Learning Centre has shared a guide on the 9 Principles of Universal Design, with clear examples and suggestions on how to implement each principle both in the classroom as well as online in a Canvas course.

  • Using Digital Tools to Support Student Engagement, Collaboration, and Well-being
    This resource offers ideas on digital tools and strategies that instructors and students can use to increase student engagement and facilitate collaboration.

  • Write and Reflect
    Jenny Scott uses a two-minute write and reflect activity to help create social connection and positive classroom culture by having students reflect on and share their experiences with the course material.