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  Case: Student Wonít 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?
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This is a very tough situation for both of you and obviously emotionally distressful for the student. I could not imagine being in his shoes. First, this student needs a way to communicate I advise contacting your schools councilor ASAP to see if you can have a translator brought in for the student at least temporarily or until a better solution becomes available. Most likely you will need this because it seems that the parents are very busy. Second, this student needs to feel welcome, understood, accepted and safe in your classroom. Once you have some communication established you can then proceed forward with this student. The next thing I think you should do is have the class learn about Japanese culture and letting this student if he feels ready to do so share things about himself with his classmates would be a good idea. Hopefully this will help him build some confidence, feel welcome and get the students comfortable and curious to learn more about him. In other classrooms with similar diversity as your classroom I have seen teachers use pictures posted on the walls and labeled in the studentís native language as well as English to help the student learn to communicate independently; sometimes items in the classrooms are even labeled this way. Providing the student with school assignments in both languages is also a recommendation for allowing the student to stay on track and slowly and comfortable assimilate as well. Also, once communication has been established you can encourage you student when he feels as if he misses his friends to write them letters, you can even help this become a fun part of his school curriculum by asking him to share some of the new things he has learned with his friends in his correspondences.
 
     
     
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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: Great idea! I Loved the idea of the whole class getting involved with writing letters to the student's friend in Japan. This is a great way for the new student to begin engaging with peers.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 8:56 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 present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 4:45 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski