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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!)
This student is at a crucial age where "growing up" occurs. Students are no longer assisted in their every need. Because of this transition as well as the transition of moving from one location (Japan) to one that is unknown and uncomfortable (US). I feel that he cries everyday because of the separation he is experiencing from his "friends" as well as his family. You family is a safety-net that offers comfort and understanding that no others can extend. I suggest allowing this student extra time with others in order to create a relationship between him and his peers. This can be accomplished by assigning him a "buddy." This person would complete activities/play with him during free time or recess. Journaling could be a great outlet for this young man. When he becomes upset allow him time to write, draw, or color in his journal about the way in which he is feeling.
 
     
     
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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: This i a critical stage for the student
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:24 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 like the idea of giving him extra to to make social interaction, because this would also give his assigned "buddy" more time and make him like the new student by default.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:20 pm
Rated By: Adam Sanchez
 
     
     
  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 2:01 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski