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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!)
Just as you have went through an adaptation process, the new student will also. You should try to put yourself in the student's shoes and realize how incredibly scary it must be to be in such a different environment. You also need to speak with administrators about finding someone in the community/school that can work with him on learning English and help interpret what he is saying. Perhaps the person could put a system in place that would allow him to communicate through pictures until he learns English. The student will then be able to interact with other students and not feel so lonely without his friends.
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: Communicating through pictures is an excellent solution.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:23 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith