This resource is a filterable list of best practices to help your students become better learners and to promote a culture of wellbeing in your learning environment. All the ideas originate from your fellow instructors and have been positively received by students. These best practices are all guided by principles that we think are effective in helping our students be the best learners they can be: Teaching the whole student, normalizing help-seeking behaviors, asking for feedback, assisting students in clarifying their sense of purpose, and building a community where all feel they belong.
Not every idea will work for every class. Discover what works for you. We also hope you will contribute to the list if you have a new idea that showed promise! If you would like to discuss any practices on this list, or have ideas of your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

PIES (Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual)

Encouraging students to focus on their physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing within the academic space highlights the interconnectedness of their wellbeing and success. PIES is an acronym for how one might be feeling Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually. During the beginning of each class the instructors can ask students to do a self-check on…

Start Classes with a Mindfulness Reset

Starting class or lecture with a brief mindfulness or meditation exercise encourages students to make time to practice mindfulness in their daily routines as well. This can help students and instructors clearly and calmly engage in the course material.   Resources Variants Fuel Decline in Student Mental Health  Stress Reduction, Mindfulness & Relaxation  Q&A: Meditation…

Brain Breaks

Students’ energy can become low as the semester goes on and they become more fatigued. Having a brain break activity can help students refocus on the task at hand and can improve productivity. This is something that can be incorporated mid-semester or implemented regularly into classes.   Resources Sample activities

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