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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 first think I would do is try to relate to what he's feeling. I would imagine moving to Japan with my parents as a child. I would think about not knowing or anything or anyone. It would be devastating and mind- blowing. I think that a translator should be bought in or an technology source that translates so that at least then you could understand each other. I would make sure he spoke to the school counselor if possible as well. I would also try to be sensitive to him and try to teach, other than talking if he can't understand my language, in ways other than straight talking and lecturing. Maybe songs in different languages, pictures, videos. Differentiation would be mandatory. I would also explain to the students what is going on so that they aren't so distracted.
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; it has to be devastating to be uprooted from all that you know as a young child. The teacher definitely needs to be sensitive to what the child is going through, and let the child know that he cares. Also, your suggestion of bringing in a translator is a great idea, if feasible.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:26 am
Rated By: uZyvaP