if one of your students who you generally talk to and is usually quite friendly to you suddenly went quiet, would you be concerned?
I could tell you the truth; which is that every student who walks through my door is forever “my kid” and I care deeply about them for years to come. I try to make my classroom a warm and welcoming environment where they feel permission to fail, learn, and grow. I would absolutely be concerned.
Or I could tell you a more unfortunate truth, that I have 120+ kids to educate and monitor on a daily basis and most days, many students slip through the cracks. It absolutely breaks my heart, and it happens every. single. day.
My gut is telling me that you’re a student; perhaps I’m wrong. If you are, I implore you to reach out to your teacher. Your teachers care about you but they have 1000 other responsibilities. I try to pull students aside when I notice a difference in attitude and behavior. Sometimes teachers catch it; more than often, we don’t.
Reach out, talk to someone, and good luck.