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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 can only assume your student is crying because of the emotional distress he is feeling from being uprooted from the familiar comforts of Japan and being brought to the United States. It would seem that focusing on this one student to help him adjust is of utmost importance, otherwise educational time for himself and the the class will be lost. I would check with the resources at the school. Does your school have a pull out class for ELL students? If so, arrange time for him to go to this class or room on a regular basis. If he does not speak English, can you get books and materials that are in Japanese and will help him make the transition to English? Next, you have to establish a line of communication. With the available technology in our world, I would think you could find a translator that could help with simple questions and key phrases. Using that, figure out what will help the student become comfortable in the class. Does he want to sit up front of the room or in the back, etc? Last, I would work with a student that I trust and know to be trustworthy to be a "buddy" for the new student. His class "buddy" would help the student navigate school, classes, etc. This should provide a consistent and familiar face that will hopefully make his transition a bit more comfortable and smooth.
 
     
     
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Comments: Having a buddy would make the student feel like he can trust and confide in someone.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:27 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith