Helping Students Build Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress and mental health challenges for many people, including instructors, staff, and students. To help our students, and each other, to build or rebuild resilience we need to take a multi-pronged approach. While the university offers a variety of resources, there are things instructors can do within their classes to help students build resilience.

A new resource created with funding from the Government of Ontario and eCampus Ontario offers information and methods on how to increase resilience for students and educators in the areas of Community Resilience, Personal Resilience, Academic Resilience, and Career Resilience. The Thriving in the Classroom is a “toolkit [that] shares the latest research, as well as skills and resources to empower you to promote personal, academic, community and career resilience in your students and yourself.”

Each section in the toolkit asks, “How would you like to support your students today?” and then provides resources under the themes of:

  • Learn about resilience
  • Discuss resilience with students
  • Share resources with students
  • Design curriculum that promotes resilience
  • Review research by resilience experts

If you would like to discuss ideas or information from the toolkit with someone from the GMCTL, please email us to set up a time to meet.

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