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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?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
For a young child to be put in this kind of situation is extremely overwhelming. He has been taken away from his friends and has none in his new environment because he cannot understand what anyone is saying. Even though the both parents have full time jobs it is important for them to be active in the studentís education. Obviously, if the student is continuously crying he is not learning and that makes it hard for the whole class to stay focused. I would have a meeting with the parents and discuss what we should do together. I would then research the studentís background and heritage so I could incorporate it in some of my lessons. This will make the students better understand who this new student is and it will also make the new student feel more comfortable in the classroom.
 
     
     
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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: Incorporating parts of where the student is from into a lesson plan would make the student feel more comfortable.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:25 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith
 
     
     
  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 agree, the parents need to be more active with the student's education especially since he is having a hard time.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 8:53 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 getting to know your students is so important, and in this situation getting to know their heritage too.
Rated On: October 21, 2014 1:42 am
Rated By: qyryMa
 
     
     
  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: Yes you have some excellent ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 1:57 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski