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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 imagine if I had been displaced to another country where I didn't speak any of the language, at that age, I would have cried every day also. I think that is one of many natural responses.

I would start by talking to the counselor and ESOL coordinator for you school. Get their input and find out what they can do to help this student in addition to the work you will do with him.

Then I would talk with his parents to see if there is something that would be comforting to him that he could bring to school with him. Maybe a picture of his friends or his family or something one of his friends gave him in Japan.

Another idea that I think might help is to take some time to study about Japan as a class. Learn about their culture and customs. It would even be nice to find a school in Japan you could Skype with as a class or become pen pals with. If you could arrange it with his old school that would be even better!
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: Fantastic ways of wanting to help the student with his transition. Anything to help him make his transition easier.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 5:12 pm
Rated By: Sanubu