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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 can't imagine how overwhelmed this student must feel to be in a completely new place and he does not know any of the language and/or has no friends here yet. I can certainly understand why he is crying and to be honest I would probably cry to. I think the first thing that I would do is have a conference with his parents to learn more about the child. I would want to know what his were his likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, etc. so that I could try to connect with the child and make the environment easier to transition into. Next, I would try to label items and areas in the classroom in Japanese and English so that he can better understand the classroom setting. Once I knew some of his interests, I would write the student a letter using google translate in hopes that he would feel that I cared about him and wanted him to be comfortable in the classroom. I also would seek help from the counselor to try and get support for this student as soon as possible to ease his transition as well. I think it is also a good idea to explain to the other students his situation in hopes that they would understand why he is crying so much in class.
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: Yes, the use of technology is great in this situation and readily available these days to assist in situations like these.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:30 am
Rated By: uZyvaP