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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 that this is a great opportunity for students to learn how to reach out to people who are different. I would try and teach my students some phrases in Japanese. Certainly it would be difficult to communicate with this student but the teacher and the other students might learn some phrases in Japanese that might comfort the crying student. Some phrases that the students might learn could be "We are your friends" and "We like you." Students could also learn how to say "how do you say?" in Japanese. In this way, they could also begin a dialogue with this new student. This student is sad because he misses his old country and friend. He won't feel better until he begins to make new friends. Therefore, it is important that he begin to communicate with other students in his 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
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Comments: I think you present some great ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 3:49 pm
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski