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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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Bless his heart, it sounds like this student is having a hard time with his family's recent move. I'm sure this only exasperates the challenges you are experiencing as his teacher, having to acclimate to 2nd grade after 20 years of 4th-5th graders. I think the first thing you should do, is a little background work on Japanese culture. Are there stark differences? What is the same? What sort of classroom learning environment is this student familiar with based on his previous school. You may find, for example, that the student is used to a lot of writing and written directions, as opposed to oral instruction.

As for the crying, however difficult, remember that at least the student is communicating...expressing his uneasiness. Though you may be able to learn some simple Japanese phrases, I think you can also comfort the student non-verbally. Find universal activities that don't involve the language barrier. For example, try using recognizable manipulatives in math. If you are working on subtraction, have the students work the problem out recognizable items from both cultures. Also, remember that play is a universal language. Help the child get involved at recess with his peers. A simple ball and a open field can go a long way in building unspoken friendships. I believe that as the child becomes more comfortable in your class, he will open up more and limit his crying. Good luck!
 
     
     
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Comments: These are all very great ideas.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:33 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery
 
     
     
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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 with this solution, I feel the child is expressing his emotions by crying.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:21 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith
 
     
     
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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: You have some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:00 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski