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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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Hi Yasar,

I have not been faced with this samesituation; however, I teach low-functioning special education, and have been in many situations in which a child cries uncontrollably for no percievable reason. Now I know the reason for the crying is very differnt from what I have seen in the past, but hopefully my suggestion will help. First, you could ask the child's parents if there is something they can send to school that would be comforting for him, such as a favorite book, toy, picture, etc. Next, to help the child feel a sense of belonging, maybe you could learn just a few simple words in Japanese. The next time he begins crying, you can calmly walk over to him with the comforting item and say a few things to him in Japanese. Just like any other student, you want to build a personal bond with him, so maybe if he sees that you cared enough to take those few extra steps, he will become more comfortable and the crying will subside. Another thing that might help is teaching the whole class a few Japanese words, and having the student help with pronunciation.

I hope this helps!
 
     
     
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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: Bonds are so pertinent and building bonds definitely help conversations to be more open.
Rated On: July 3, 2013 12:20 am
Rated By: CI-GSU
 
     
     
  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