This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism -- defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school -- and classroom success.
Melissa Schut drew out a problem on the white board at the front of her sixth-grade math class.
Like she often does, Schut started with three questions.
“Where are you starting?” Schut asked. “Where are you going? How are you going to get there?”