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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 post has a lot of great solutions. Moving to another country is difficult, and not knowing the language at all will add to the culture shock. The boy must feel very isolated and tired from trying to understand what is going on and not being able to communicate with others. As others have suggested, bringing some Japanese into the classroom would be helpful to work toward alleviating the culture shock and isolation. I would also search further than the school walls for someone who can speak with him in Japanese. I think assigning a buddy is a great idea as well. That way he will begin to develop friendships and bonds with other students, lessening the sense of loneliness. The counselor should be contacted right away to set up a conference with the parents. If they have been unable to meet thus far, there has to be a way of communicating with them so that you can work as a group to find a solution. Finally, the teacher should take some time to research Japanese culture, language, and customs to better understand the child’s background and help him adjust to his new setting.
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Comments: I think you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 3:50 pm
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski