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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!)
One of the solutions I would try first is to talk to the students family about possible activities that they do at home, that you could do in the classroom to make the student feel more comfortable. I think that he cries everyday because he cannot relate to the children around him because of his language barrier. Maybe with the class you could teach the students some Japanese words that the other students could use with this child. To help stop the crying you could arrange for him to bring in pictures of his friends from back home. When he starts to cry tell him that he can sit in the reading area and look at the pictures. You could even assign a project so they could write letters back and forth to each other. This could be a very sticky situation, but with the right tools I think that you can make this student feel comfortable.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Communicating with family members to gain some background knowledge is a great solution.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:26 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Awesome idea for the student to bring pictures of his friends and life back in Japan!
Rated On: October 19, 2014 9:03 pm
Rated By: Lauren Hill
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I think you gave some good idead
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:09 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski