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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?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
It does not surprise me that your Japanese 2nd grade student cries often; his life is probably very difficult right now. He has been uprooted from his home and replanted in a what feels to him like an alien world. There is a possibility that he does miss his friends; he might not have been given much notice he was leaving or had an opportunity to say goodbye to his friends.

I think the first solution would be to find a “buddy” for this student in the school. An ideal buddy would be an older Japanese student that could communicate with him and act as a leader, helping him learn the culture of the school and of the US. If there are no other Japanese students at the school, perhaps there is another ELL student that he could pair up with, who understands his struggle.

Another solution would be to give him some kind of outlet to express himself. Obviously he can’t express himself verbally, so allow him to draw or write in his own language. Acknowledge that he may need time away from the rest of the class to “rest” from the bombardment of new ideas and culture.
 
     
     
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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: Great ideas.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 5:10 pm
Rated By: Sanubu
 
     
     
  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
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: I think the solution is in the hands of everybody, (parents, teachers and classmates). Assigning him another students do not seem to be ideal specially if it is a ELL student who does not speak neither English or Japanese.
Rated On: October 13, 2018 7:18 pm
Rated By: Penelope Navarro