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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 cannot imagine how difficult it must be to move to a different country and speak a totally different language. It is terrifying enough to move to a different school that your native language is spoken; however, this little boy speaks zero English. I think that the classroom teacher should speak with his parents to allow him to bring a comfort item with him to school. I think this could help him find a safe place amoung the unfamiliar. I also think that it could benefit this student if the classroom teacher would implement picture learning of new words. This can be done through books, posters, videos, and flashcards. This will help him learn the English equivalent to the Japaneese word. I think that this would help the other students learn a few Japennese words so they can communicate with him as well. These situations take time. So be patient!
 
     
     
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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 like how this solution shows how he can relate in how traumatic it would be to make such a big move.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:22 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, patience is key in this situation. This poor child has come from a totally different culture.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 8:51 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: If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this because students need to learn new words when they move to a new culture and that can be frustrating and make a student feel overwhelmed and cry.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 9:47 pm
Rated By: apened
 
     
     
  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: You have some very good ideas
Rated On: October 17, 2015 4:45 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski