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Posted on February 21, 2015 7:22 pm
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uLuqup
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Overly Touchy ESOL Student
I have a student in my 1st grade class who is very sweet and willing to learn. He is an ESOL student who has not even been in the United States for a year. The teacher I am working with has had an issue with this student crossing the lines with many rules (getting up out of his seat without asking, running in line, etc.) because every other adult at the school doesn't feel they should correct him because he "won't understand." This is not the case. However, because this little boy has been able to get away with so much, he has now taken to getting a little too friendly with some of the young ladies in the classroom--nothing inappropriate, but we will often find him petting their hair while we are sitting on the carpet, he will hug them, and he gets very close to their face when he says hello to them in the morning. Some of these girls do not welcome this affection. Any suggestions on steps that should be taken?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 22, 2015 2:03 am

aHemaV
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A common rule in the classroom is usually "No (intentionally) touching." It is a helpful rule for the whole class if implemented carefully so the students do not blow it out of proportion. While he may be from a culture that has smaller personal spaces, his behavior is definitely still an undesired one and should be treated as such.
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Candice Greene
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This is a good suggestion but it doesn't help with people correcting him when he misbehaves in other ways.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 8:54 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 21, 2015 9:46 pm

Hebehu
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I would have a meeting with the student in private explaining how his actions are not appropriate and what you should be doing in school. If I thought the student wouldn’t understand because of the language barrier I would use pictures and gestures to show him. The consequence would also need to be explained and enforced as well. If the behavior continues I would then ask for a conference with the student’s parents. I would inform the other teachers as well that he has been informed of this bad behavior, knows that he should not be doing it and understands the consequences. I would then ask them to please not let him get away with it.
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2015 10:41 pm

TeQaqe
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I feel like some of this problem may be the result of his culture. I do know that in certain Latin American countries, they are physically much closer with each other than we are. I think its important to establish boundaries with this student. Make him aware that his behavior is not appropriate. As a general rule of thumb (and assuming he is at at least a speech emergent level), have him ask the student first if it is ok to hug them, and redirect the other touching such as the petting of hair, etc.
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Candice Greene
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This is a good suggestion, I agree that it might originate from his culture.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 8:57 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 22, 2015 10:54 pm

Luvyba
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First of all, the behavior should not be encouraged, and should be redirected when it occurs. I would explain to the whole class the concept of personal space as it is relevant in the U.S. This student may be used to something different in the country where he used to live. If the behavior continues, I would have a meeting with the student to discuss what is acceptable and what is not.
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Solution 5
Posted February 21, 2015 8:18 pm

yjugeM
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I'm not sure that his behavior is directly related to the fact that he is ESOL. I would redirect the undesired behavior immediately.
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Solution 6
Posted September 28, 2015 11:18 pm

eduruM
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I would try to explain some classroom rules. How you would do that would be determined on how well their English is. It might be good to make a list of the rules with clear and precise pictures on them so he can understand what they are. As soon as the student breaks any rules make sure not to ignore them and correct them immediately so it doesn't become a bad habit. We have to remember that every culture is different and it may be normal for him to get too close to other people. In that case, the other students may need to be informed about the students culture.
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Solution 7
Posted October 4, 2015 2:49 am

uZyvaP
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I would have a conference with the parents to see if there is a cultural reason for his behavior. I would then try to explain to them the culture of the classroom and how some of his behavior is inappropriate or not culturally appropriate here in the US. I would encourage him to share more of his culture with the class to possibly gain insight into whether his behavior is cultural or just him pushing the limits.
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