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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!)
The student cannot stop crying because there is nothing in the classroom that he can identify with that is culturally relevant to him. The student does not feel safe, secured, and accepted in his new environment. Here is what the teacher should do. First, if at all possible, the teacher should ask the student's parents for information about friends in Japan; I would attempt to ask the parents to provide me with his former school contact data so that I can invite the child's former teacher and classmates to Skype online with our class for couple of minutes a day to share a learning task. If there's a language barrier, then I would allow only the student to engage in the Skype session.

Another solution may include simply interviewing the student's parents to get information about his cultural background. I would use this information to include some of his culture in the classroom to make him feel more accepted and apart of the classroom.
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: The use of Skype is an outstanding idea! With today's technology it is easy to connect with the world, and this may prove extremely beneficial to this student!
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:32 am
Rated By: uZyvaP