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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!)
The student that has moved from Japan to the US might not understand why he had to leave his homeland to move to a different culture. In this case the student has been “surrounded by an unfamiliar environment” (Igoa, 1995, p. 34). As the teacher the first thing I would do is to observe the student in the classroom in order to find his area of comfort. When the students are able to pick an area of the room to work where does the student from Japan prefer work? Does the student work in a group or alone? What is the location that the student prefers to sit to complete their work? Is it on the carpet? In a desk? In a chair?

I would research the culture of Japan so see how students are taught in school. Do student from Japan sit in desk, chairs, or the floor? The issue could be the culture of the classroom is different and the student from Japan is unable to adapt to the new culture. I would try and include a “space for the student’s precious objects” (Igoa, 1995, p. 34) in the classroom in order to establish a feeling of home in the classroom. The student might feel more at ease with the small changes made to the learning environment and personal items in the room in order ease the transition of school in Japan and school in the United States.

Elizabeth Comella

Igoa, C. (1995). The Inner World of the Immigrant Child. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: I think you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 4:47 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski