Building Connections & Community

In this section, faculty share practices that help to create a positive learning community where students are able to connect with you and each other. Recent retention research at George Brown College has shown that students are dealing with many complex social, economic, and emotional issues, some of which can be really impacted by a sense of support and connection at the college. Faculty and the classroom environment can play a key role in creating these opportunities for students, and there are some practical things you can do to facilitate this.

 

Ana Pereira: Integrating Late Admits pt. 1

In this three-part series on integrating late admits, Ana Pereira explains her best practices: make announcements for students to check in after class; assign students study buddies and put them into groups immediately; direct students to what they need to know on Blackboard; and connect students with campus services. If you have any questions about what Ana shared in this video, feel free to contact her at ana.pereira@georgebrown.ca.

 

 

Winston Marcellin: Integrating Late Admits pt. 2

In this three-part series on integrating late admits, Winston Marcellin explains his best strategies: introduce the material after class, and use Blackboard. If you have any questions about what Winston shared in this video, feel free to contact him at wmarcell@georgebrown.ca.

 

 

Doris Miculan-Bradley: Integrating Late Admits pt. 3

In the third part of this late admit series, Doris Miculan-Bradley shares some of her best practices for integrating late admits: take time to connect one-on-one with students (on blackboard or in person) and weekly check-in on assignments regularly. If you have any questions about what Doris shared in this video, feel free to contact her at dorisbradley@georgebrown.ca.

 

 

Donna Reid: The Role of 'Invitation'

Donna Reid tells us about how she uses 'invitations' to connect with students beyond the classroom walls.

 

If you have any questions about what Donna shared in this video, feel free to contact her at doreid@georgebrown.ca.

 

James Voulakos: Learning Student Names

James Voulakos shares his surefire strategy to remember students' names in relatively large classes.

 

If you have any questions about what James shared in this video, feel free to contact him at jvoulakos@georgebrown.ca

  

Felice Markowicz: Developing Group Agreements

Felice Markowicz walks us through her strategy for developing group agreements in her first class, particularly around confidentiality.

 

 

Keith Nickson: Supporting Students in Recovery

Keith Nickson delves into some of the key findings of his survey on the needs of students in recovery. Hint: it's about connection!

 

If you have any questions about what Keith shared in this video, feel free to contact him at knickson@georgebrown.ca.  

 

Felice Markowicz: Using 'Buddies' to Foster Support

Felice Markowicz talks about the buddy system she uses to build a culture of support and connection in her classes.