20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Help Students Become Comfortable with the Uncomfortable?

Discover strategies for creating a supportive learning environment where students can develop valuable skills, gain confidence, and embrace challenges without fear of judgement, fostering long-term success both inside and outside the classroom.


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How Can I Help Students Become Comfortable with the Uncomfortable?

As educators, we know that supporting students’ long-term success goes beyond just teaching academic content. It’s about creating environments that encourage growth, risk-taking, and resilience. When students don’t feel safe or feel a level of trust with their instructor, they can become disengaged, withdrawn, and less willing to participate in the classroom. Students won’t be able to reach their full learning potential if they aren’t fully comfortable in your classroom.

In this 20-Minute Mentor, presented by Alicia Burns, EdD, focuses on the crucial role of psychological safety in fostering student confidence and unlocking their full potential. She’ll dive into practical strategies for cultivating a comfortable learning environment where students feel empowered to take risks and ask challenging questions. Alicia also shares insights on building student confidence, navigating difficult times, and embracing mistakes as valuable learning opportunities.

You’ll gain the necessary tools and skills to gauge and enhance students’ comfort levels to ultimately foster trust and a sense of belonging in your classroom. With Alicia Burns, EdD, as your guide, you’ll learn how to create judgment-free spaces where students can truly be themselves, paving the way for meaningful learning experiences and long-term success!

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Build trust with students
  • Evaluate their approach to student connection
  • Assess comfort level of students to better cater challenging scenarios for them
  • Adjust how they approach, provide feedback for, and guide student learning

Topics Covered

  • Building trust with students
  • Making students more comfortable in the classroom
  • Encouraging students to take risks
  • Fostering cooperative relationships
  • Building resilience and persistence


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty teaching in any modality
  • Instructors
  • Deans


Product Code: PM24MA

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.