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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 believe that your student does miss his friends, but that is not all that he misses. I am sure he misses his old country (Japan), old school, etc. To be completely uprooted and placed in an environment that you have zero language similarities with your peers is a very scary situation. It shoulds like the student is in the "culture shock" stage of an immigrant child adapting to a new school. By connecting the student with some of your most friendly and patient students, will help both parties involved. The Japanese student will start to create a meaningful relationship with a peer that will help him feel more comfortable in school and the other student will learn to be more accepting of other students/cultures. I had a student a few years back that moved to Georgia from India and could not communicate with anyone else at the school. While she was in my class, I had another student that was relatively new to the country (orginally from Columbia), work with her and help her with most assignments in class. The students became very close and figured out a way to communicate with each other using basic sign language and hand signals. By having friends or peers that you relate with at school makes coming to school way more enjoyable and a better environment to succeed in.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: I think you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 4:47 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski