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A pattern of excessive absences is a risk factor for student success and can be an indicator of not graduating on time or dropping out. For some students, the factor changing the pattern may be as simple as applying the well-known quote, “No one cares about what you know, until they know that you care.” Educators care or they would not be in this profession, however, we know there are disengaged students who do not feel cared about. A basic strategy to reach out to these students is the 3 x 5. Encourage your staff to engage in a 3 minute conversation on non-school related topics at least 5 times with a disengaged student. How can educators know non-school related topics relevant to a specific student? Simply observe what the student is wearing, reading, etc. Is the student wearing a t-shirt with the band the Eagles on it?  “I noticed you were wearing a shirt with the group the Eagles on it earlier this week. I tell you what, their song New Kid in Town is one I never tire of listening to.” Then, when possible, include that topic in a class activity such as researching a popular music group that wrote their own lyrics followed by writing an essay about the story behind the lyrics.


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