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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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I have been the inclusion teacher for a three-year-old classroom which contained students with special needs, typical children, and migrant children who speak no English. Many times, the new migrant students will cry for the first week or so in the classroom. I have found that saying random words in Spanish (from my extremely limited vocabulary) has helped the student, as well as taking walks in the school. I think that the busy classroom setting overwhelmed the children, and the quieter environment of the hallway was calming. I am sure that the constant noise in a language you do not understand at all would be totally frustrating. Maybe during noisier times of the day when students are all talking at once, your student could work on something in a different part of the classroom away from the class. Also, I use a language master to work on vocabulary and academic concepts with my students- they run cards through a machine, and I have prerecorded the word I want them to hear as the card goes through, paired with a picture or word. You could use a language master with headphones for your student to work independently on new words at his own pace. You could also assign your student a sensitive, helpful peer who can model what is going on the classroom when he doesn't understand. It may take him some time to overcome his anxiety and sadness, but with time and a caring teacher and classmates, he will become acclimated.
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Rated On: June 10, 2014 12:05 pm
Rated By: wendy burns