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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 feel that the best person to speak to in this situation is the school counselor. He/She will understand that best steps to take to help your students and determine the root of his crying. He might need to spend time with the counselor until he adjusts to the changes. Moving from school to school is difficult enough for a young child so I can only imagine the emotional turmoil the student is in moving to an entirely new country as well. There are also many school systems that will work to find someone who can come in as a translator to help you and the counselor communicate with the student more effectively.
 
     
     
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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: The idea of using a translator to help the student adjust to the classroom and his new surroundings is a great idea. The translator would be able to act as an intermediary between the student and teacher and other classmates.
Rated On: July 1, 2013 12:58 am
Rated By: PyruNe
 
     
     
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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: Anything to make the situation for the student better is worth trying.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 5:09 pm
Rated By: Sanubu
 
     
     
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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 No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I like the part about the translator, along with the counselor for this solution
Rated On: October 25, 2014 7:36 pm
Rated By: VeHyge
 
     
     
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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 agree with your solution of having the school counselor get involved. However, some school counselors are better than others so I'm hoping your school has a good one. It would be very important that you find someone who speaks Japanese to come in on a regular basis to help the student in the classroom. You could also find activities on the computer with a headset so the child could listen to Japanese and communicate of some sort in his own language throughout the day. He could even teach the class some things about Japan as well.
Rated On: June 3, 2015 10:20 pm
Rated By: Tina Joiner
 
     
     
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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 could ask the parents for advice! I would also make sure the class is welcoming for the student.
Rated On: July 8, 2015 11:34 pm
Rated By: RaMevy
 
     
     
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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 4:43 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski
 
     
     
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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 believe that talking to a school counselor would be a great idea. They are trained to deal with helping students that are going through a hard time, and moving all the time is not an ideal situation for anyone, but it would be especially hard for a younger child. Not being able to communicate with the child would be the hardest part, and I think a translator would be a wonderful idea. Most schools do have the option to bring a translator in, and even if it were just for a day or so I think it would help the student to hear that everything would be okay, and that he would make new friends and have a great experience at the new school .
Rated On: October 18, 2015 3:47 am
Rated By: yseHug
 
     
     
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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: The school counselor could probably offer some great advice and may know of other resources to help the student.
Rated On: October 20, 2015 9:11 pm
Rated By: yheGaQ
 
     
     
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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: Using your resources at the school is definitely the way to go. Finding someone to translate and communicate with the child is important.
Rated On: March 1, 2016 6:22 pm
Rated By: pytaLy
 
     
     
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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'm sure there's got to be a translator somewhere. Great idea!
Rated On: March 6, 2016 10:00 pm
Rated By: Allyssa Straquadine
 
     
     
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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: Involving someone with more expertise would be a good option.
Rated On: October 15, 2016 7:12 pm
Rated By: yJatyt