Sometimes mental health issues can show up in the classroom. When they do, it can feel overwhelming, on top of everything else that needs to be coordinated and managed. Learning about the early signs of distress can help to alleviate some worry and know where to turn. Resources Resources to recognize and respond to students…
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.
Some departments have begun implementing Student Advisory Boards. They meet monthly and volunteer to represent the undergraduate or graduate community by providing feedback to the department about classes, events and other initiatives that help with both a sense of community and academic excellence. Resources Email template for recruitment?
The Academic Administrator(s) for the department can send along an introductory message to students to share a little bit about themselves and let students know that they are one of many resources. This helps students become familiar with departmental resources and lowers the barriers for students seeking support. Resources Sample Email
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