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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?
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I have not had to face this in my teaching career and I know that it would be a difficult task. However we must find a way to reach out to the student and help the student transition into the classroom and English language, as much as possible. The child who does not speak the language of the host country may experience varying degrees of culture shock. I feel the boy does not know how to communicate his feelings and is probably intimidated by the others in the classroom, because he does not understand what is going on or what people are saying. I would set up a meeting with his parents and discuss ways in which they can work together to better integrate the child into the classroom and English language. Maybe the parents could come into the classroom one day and share with the class what Japan was like and share pictures. The teacher may also find books and audiotapes from the studentís language and that may interest the student to add to the classroom. The students will get a cultural lesson and maybe it will make the student feel a little more comfortable as well as important. I would also speak with the school administrators and counselor to see what we could offer the student or services that we may be able to provide.
 
     
     
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Rated On: June 10, 2014 12:05 pm
Rated By: wendy burns
 
     
     
  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 you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 4:45 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski