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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!)
This poor child is having some major culture shock issues. As his classroom teacher, there are many things that you could do to try and help him feel more comfortable. First, show him as much love and nurturing as possible. Try and make him feel secure and hopefully he will begin to feel comfortable with his new teacher and his surroundings. Possibly talk to the the other children and encourage them to interact with him as much as possible so that he will also feel comfortable with them as well. This also I believe would require the school counselor to get involved in possibly helping him with his emotions. I could try and work as close with his parents as I possibly could to ensure that this child begins to adapt and gets the education and language skills he needs to succeed in our country. I would have him interact with the ESOL teacher at the school as much as possible.
 
     
     
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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 really liked your solution to this problem. I think that bringing the counselor into the situation would let the child know that they care about him. Also, I think maybe it would take some pressure off if the teacher would create an area in the classroom where the Japanese student could resort to when he is upset and misses his friends. Another suggestion is to assign him a "book buddy" during reading time. This would make it where he wasn't so overwhelmed, but had someone that was listening to him.
Rated On: June 5, 2014 5:20 pm
Rated By: Haley Moore
 
     
     
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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 agree that showing this student support and interacting with the ESOL teacher is the best solution. Adapting to a new school and country will be much easier if the student feels support and can communicate with others in some form.
Rated On: October 14, 2014 8:10 pm
Rated By: sugeLu
 
     
     
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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 gave some valid ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:12 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski