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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!)
The student is obviously struggling with being in a new country and being unable to communicate with his classmates or teachers. I would try to establish hand signals and gestures with the student so that we could have minimal communication. I would see if the student could read or write any English as well. Next, I would ask the student's parents to teach me a few phrases in Japanese. Next, I would talk to the guidance counselor about having a session with the student; I believe play therapy would really open the student up. Next, I would ask for a peer tutor from my class; this student would sit with the Japanese student and keep him company in class. I would encourage my class to empathize with the student and think of ways as a class to make him feel welcomed. Lastly, I would encourage all teachers to watch the film My Brown Eyes by Jay Koh. It is a great film, which puts the viewer in the students of an immigrant child on their first day of school without knowing English.
 
     
     
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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 to have others view a film which deals with a situation similar to the one the Japanese student is currently enduring allows them to better able understand his plight and develop an empathy for his situation. Asking the other students to show compassion by thinking of how they would feel in a similar situation would help to develop a bond between them and the new student. The idea to learn Japanese phrases to help the student feel comfortable is very caring and demonstrates a sense of caring for all students.
Rated On: June 28, 2013 8:50 pm
Rated By: PyruNe
 
     
     
  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: Involving the guidance counsler is a good idea
Rated On: October 14, 2014 2:10 am
Rated By: ybaHyp
 
     
     
  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 love how this student provides a guide to resolving the issue.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:21 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 think you have some good ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:04 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski