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  Case: Student Won’t Stop Crying
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!)
Patience is a huge factor in this situation. You hate to see a child cry every single day, but you cannot push anything on him. I would recommend trying one or maybe even two things at a time. The child doesn't need to be overwhelmed more than he already is. I think it's important to assign the child a "buddy". Although his buddy might not be able to speak Japanese, he can show him where things are at school or how they do certain things. The child probably wouldn't feel as uncomfortable if he had a friend. I also think it's important to integrate Japanese culture into the classroom. This way he can feel more comfortable talking about things he knows, and this gives his classmates an opportunity to learn a little about him.
 
     
     
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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: Assigning him a friend is a good suggestion but hardly practical as the friend, a child himself will not know how to calm another child but integrating Japanese culture in the classroom is a brilliant idea.
Rated On: October 19, 2015 12:10 am
Rated By: yWasyD