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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 he cries every day, not only because he misses his friends, but also because he feels as if no one will ever understand him. It must be extremely hard for a young child to move here and not know the English language. The crying could be very distracting for other students; therefore, I would try to work with my students to learn short phrases in the Japanese language. I think this would allow the new student to communicate with his/her peers in the classroom. This process might make the new student feel more comfortable and "at home" within the classroom.
 
     
     
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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 really like this idea and agree that a huge part of him being upset probably has to do with the transition and change of environment he just experienced. I like the idea of taking quick action and including the whole class in the effort to include the new student and make him feel welcome and comfortable. I think this would be fast way to help the student to feel more comfortable and familiar with his new environment, and also help him to make many new friends.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 4:55 am
Rated By: esaSaV
 
     
     
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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: This is a good way to make the student feel more secure in his new class. It does have to be extremely hard to move to a new place and let alone not know anyone but not be able to speak the language either.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 5:08 pm
Rated By: Sanubu
 
     
     
  Rating
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 think your solution could be very affective. I think that the teacher should set one day (at the beginning of the week) for a lesson on the new student to teach the class on common known phrase in his native language. That way the students are familiar with his situation as to learning a new language is hard, I would touch this phrase during the week, and on Friday, see what students remember the phrase. If the new student isn't quite comfortable with teaching the class, the student could teach the teacher first, and then as time goes by he might get more comfortable in the situation. Overall, I think your solution could be very helpful with the new student.
Rated On: October 25, 2014 6:18 pm
Rated By: VeHyge
 
     
     
  Rating
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 think you have some good ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:05 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski