Episode 11: Trusting Students and Families with Elizabeth KonKolics

Elizabeth KonKolics – licensed social worker and former teacher – joins the podcast to talk about how teachers can transition back into thinking about school and maintain a positive, hopeful mindset towards the students and families we’ll soon be meeting.

Here are the takeaways from this week’s episode: 1) People grow in the context of people they trust, so begin building that trust from day one by investing ourselves in students’ experiences. 2) Young people have a sense of optimism and potential that we sometimes forget in our role as teachers. 3) Students trust adults that ask questions and listen: So we should ask questions and listen. 4) Involving families is a way to have more solutions. 5) Teachers have the opportunity to be the first person students meet that year who are excited to see them.