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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?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
Moving to a new place can be intimidating for any child or individual. However, in this case, the studentís inability to communicate with peers, teachers, and staff adds a monumental obstacle to building new relationships and thriving in the learning environment. The child is largely confused and frustrated with his predicament. Crying is a behavior that he uses to communicate his sadness, confusion, and frustration. Therefore, initially, I would have the counselor, parents, ESOL teacher, and classroom teachers discuss an action plan to address the crying behavior and transition the student to the new school/environment. This plan could include providing the student with a peer mentor, accommodating assignments/surroundings to provide both English and Japanese, practice hand gestures/sign language to communicate, offer strategies to soothe the child, and opportunities for the family to educate the class on the Japanese culture. By openly discussing their differences/similarities all involved will become more comfortable.
 
     
     
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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: Yes, help from ESOL professionals is extremely important in this situation.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:29 am
Rated By: uZyvaP
 
     
     
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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 your idea of getting together with a team to help resolve the issue without offending anyone. Great solution.
Rated On: June 7, 2015 5:18 am
Rated By: Melissa Aspinwall
 
     
     
  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 2:07 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski