Explore changes in school performance or attendance
We know that youth have whole, complex lives outside of school where much can be happening and changing on any given day. This is important to keep in mind when we observe changes in school performance or attendance.
Teachers can approach students with an attitude of open inquiry and exploration, assuming the best and keeping an open mind. Asking respectful questions that do not judge or label can assist students in honestly sharing what impediments are preventing them from meeting their academic responsibilities.