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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?
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This is a difficult situation for a child. I have Hispanics in my classroom who do not speak English and become very frustrated. However, in my case, I speak Spanish, so it is a little easier for the children. I think the first thing that should happen is to bring in someone that speaks Japanese. The child has no idea what is going and has no one to talk to. With someone that speaks Japanese in the classroom, this will ease some of the frustration for the child. Also, it might be helpful to translate worksheets, notes, and other assignments into Japanese. We have a program at my school that will translate assignments into Spanish, and I am pretty sure it also translates into Japanese. I remember an assignment that I did in second grade where we had to research a country and kind of present it to the class. I would allow him to do an assignment similar to this where he could share something about his home, even if it does not require him to speak in front of the class. This would be an assignment that would be comfortable for him. Also, you could meet with the school counselor and research Japanese culture. Once you have obtained information about Japanese culture, you could explain some of it to a couple students. Then, you could make these students his partners. Although they would be unable to communicate, just having someone there to help him with everyday tasks could be helpful for him. I would also schedule an appointment with his parents. A plan needs to be made with feedback from the parents.
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Comments: This is great advice because I am sure there is some program that could translate for the student. It may even be fun for the student to use technology to learn.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 9:01 pm
Rated By: Lauren Hill