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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!)
I had a similar situation many years ago in my 7th grade classroom. The boy was from India and had only been in America a week when his parents enrolled him in school. He spoke no English and cried for the first 2 weeks he was at the school. Fortunately, there were a few other students in the school who spoke his language we could call upon when nothing else worked. For this student, it appears he feels alone in his new environment. In order for the student to progress, you must find a way to earn his trust. For example, learning a few phrases in Japanese can show him you respect his culture and are truly making an effort to help him feel more comfortable in your classroom. Also, you could encourage another student in the classroom to befriend and act as a "tour guide" while he is getting familiar with his new school environment. Another idea might be to research the atmosphere of a typical Japanese classroom and try to accommodate him to make him feel more comfortable until he adjusts. It might even be fun to allow all the students to create their own "space" to make him feel a part of the group.
 
     
     
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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 thought this solution was respectful to the student. Learning a few words in Japaneses would break the ice and help the student feel comfortable. You can ask the student for help, and it will bring a smile to his face to see you learn his language.
Rated On: October 14, 2014 1:01 am
Rated By: ySaryN
 
     
     
  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 4:46 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski