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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!)
I think it is important to get on his level. Since he does not speak English, find a way to connect with him through something like art or music. He is probably crying for more than his friends. He is in an entirely new culture, and he does not understand how and where he fits in this new society. Not only is language a barrier that hinders him from making progression, but he is also being hindered by a completely new educational setup. He most likely feels that he is being left behind and pressured because he does not have the capabilities to catch up or even understand what exactly is going on. This student needs one on one work on a daily basis. As a teacher, you need to study up on his culture and language and try to reach out to him in ways that are familiar to him. It will require a lot of patience, but through this slow process, he will gradually begin learning and making connections with you and eventually with the rest of his classmates.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
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Comments: I think you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 3:50 pm
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski