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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!)
This seems like a difficult situation, but you have to remain patient with the student. As you might expect, this is a big change for him and he is trying to adjust. The best thing that you can do is find some piece of his culture to include in your teaching or in your classroom. This will show him that he belongs and also that you care about him. Another strategy you might try is learning a simple phrase in Japanese and trying to speak to him with it. By doing this, you will show him that you are interested in his culture and want to learn information from him just as he does you. By showing him that he belongs and you care about him, I'll bet he becomes more comfortable and stops crying.
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: You have some very good ideas
Rated On: October 17, 2015 4:42 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski