How do you react when you learn that a student has suffered a personal tragedy? Do you take the student aside and offer your condolences or do you not bring it up at all unless the student approaches you for support? I just learned that the father of one of my students is terminally ill from cancer and very near death. When it happens, how do you react as a teacher? I doubt my student knows I'm aware of the situation. I feel cold-hearted not saying anything if I hear her father died but she might not want to talk about it (or even want me to be aware of it). What do you do? By the way, this is an 8th grade girl.