I go back and forth on this. If a student has lice, I’d like to know. If a student’s loved one died, I’d like to know. If a student just got called a slut in the lunchroom and is now in my class trying to read about immigration, not much learning is going to happen.
But on the other hand, students have the right to keep things private. We as educators have to protect a student’s right to fail, learn, quit, cry, and struggle. It’s hard. Because everyone wants to know.