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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 think the student is overwhelmed and instead of it coming out in anger he cries. I say this because I remember times in a class I tried so hard to understand the formula or method in an algebraic expression I would literally begin to sob. I think the school should accommodate his need and find a interpreter as with a deaf student having someone interpret for them.

As the teacher with not much flexibility I would begin to school myself on Japanese culture and language. Find a connection and foster the students need to communicate. Give him cassettes to listen to stories in his native tongue and stories of humans conquering animals. This student demonstrates no hope and this is where as the teacher you can introduce a hopeful scenario in the form a picture, story or film strip.
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: I think you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 4:47 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski