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This is the first time I am teaching 2nd grade. I have taught 4th and 5th grades for the last 20 years. I have had to go through an adaptation process, but everything is working okay now. Students and I have learned to work with each other very well. Three weeks ago a new student joined my classroom. He and his family moved to the US from Japan. Since he arrived, he has been crying. He does not speak any English, and there is no one at my school who speaks Japanese. Both of his parents have full time jobs, so they cannot come to school every time I call them. What I found out from the parents is that he cries because he misses his friends in Japan. I think the issue is bigger than that. I have not found a way to help him yet. Why do you think he cries every day? What can I do to stop the crying because the other students in my class get distracted when starts crying?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
I think you have to understand his circumstances and that he is only a second grader. Moreover, you may try to pair him up with someone in the classroom that would be good with him as a peer and maybe they would eventually become friends. I would also make a referral to the counselor and set up a conference with the parent so they can translate. I would also come up with someone he can check in with daily. Furthermore, I would also come up with activities that would interest him that deal with Japan. This is a tough situation because the student cannot speak to explain what is going on so it is important to get a translator in (parents) as soon as possible to help him.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Yes, remember that he is a 2nd grader and in culture shock right now. However, I would not pair him with another student in the class right now. I know the other students need you as their teacher, but I feel that you can help him more than they can. However, I like the idea of activities relating to Japan definitely helping to ease his mind and maybe stop the crying for moments throughout the school day. You could also contact resources outside of the school system for additionally help from foreign exchange students in local high schools that could come translate for him if possible. Overall, I like several of your solutions, but not all I feel would work.
Rated On: June 3, 2015 10:17 pm
Rated By: Tina Joiner