This Week for Faculty: Teaching in times of stress and challenge

by | Oct 11, 2023

Emotionally distressing events beyond the classroom can impede teaching and learning. Adopting pedagogies of care can help navigate times of stress and challenge. Below are three tips drawn from the on-demand resource Teaching in Times of Stress and Challenge.

  1. Check-in with your students and connect them to campus resources. Gauge how your students are doing by checking in with them before, during, or after class, or during office hours. Connect your students to campus well-being resources, and empower them to seek help from Columbia Health.
  2. Acknowledge what is going on. Students appreciate instructors that acknowledge what is going on in the world beyond the classroom, and that they may be experiencing challenges. Recognize that students may have a hard time concentrating on learning, completing activities and assignments, or remaining motivated to engage in class or outside of class. Build in flexibility to support your students’ success in your course.
  3. Take care of yourself. Seek out the resources (e.g., through the Office of Work-Life and Human Resources) you need in order to be able to show up for your students.

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