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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!)
When I taught Pre-K I had several students that cried every morning when they came to class. I found that having pictures around the room of students with their families helped because students could look at the pictures when they were sad. If the child is having a hard tie transitioning you could also make a picture schedule so that the child can follow along as he adjusts to the new school routine. Since the child can't speak English and is in a new space that would be very frustrating and scary for anyone! It's important to support the child through pictures and comforting to help as he adjusts to his new lifestyle.
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: Pictures are always the best solution when a child does not speak the same language as everyone else in the classroom. I think that's a good idea.
Rated On: February 24, 2015 5:11 pm
Rated By: LeqeHe