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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?
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I think that a main reason behind his crying results from a feeling of loneliness.Moving to a new school district can be a scary thing for a child much less an entirely new country. He probably feels very distant from everyone at the school because of the major distinctions in the language barrier. I know that Japanese is usually not a popular language for ELL teachers to know, so the lack of a common ground would also make the student feel secluded socially and in result will make the student upset. It probably is true that the child misses his friends back in Japan and because of this I think that it would be very beneficial for the teacher to play some games with the class that help introduce the students and help form a close knit classroom community. As the student gradually feels more welcomed, he should stop crying and in result the class will remain on task due to no interruption. If the student continues to cry, I would suggest having a meeting with the parents with the help of a translator if applicable to discuss any underlying issues the child may be dealing with.
 
     
     
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Rated On: June 10, 2014 12:07 pm
Rated By: wendy burns
 
     
     
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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: I think you are completely right
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:28 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery
 
     
     
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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: I would do just this.
Rated On: October 21, 2014 12:48 am
Rated By: qyryMa
 
     
     
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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: You have some very good ideas
Rated On: October 17, 2015 4:44 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski