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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 have had a child in my class this year that did the exact same thing. The most important thing you can do is to place yourself in their shoes. Think about how scary it would be to be so young, all alone, speaking a different language, in a new school, with new teachers and classmates. Another thing you can do is to allow the parents to come in one day and do a special group time or read a book in Japanese or make Japanese food, something to expose the other children to his culture. It will get the other children excited to learn more about him. It will also give him the confidence and self-esteem he needs. Also, if there is a certain thing in your classroom you have noticed he likes or is interested in, bring it out whenever he gets upset. As much as he needs to be doing what the class is doing, when he gets extremely upset, allow him the opportunity to do something else, like write a letter to a friend back home or draw a picture for his parents. Eventually, he will get more comfortable and won't cry.
 
     
     
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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: Great ideas on how to included his culture and family in the classroom.
Rated On: October 16, 2014 6:29 pm
Rated By: Angela Avery
 
     
     
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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 fel this solution is a good one because it provides multiple examples of solutions.
Rated On: October 18, 2014 5:23 pm
Rated By: Amanda Meredith
 
     
     
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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: It's important to put yourself in the childs shoes. I love the idea of having the parents come in a read or do activities with the class.
Rated On: July 8, 2015 11:31 pm
Rated By: RaMevy
 
     
     
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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: You have some very good ideas
Rated On: October 17, 2015 4:44 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski
 
     
     
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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: Agreed!
Rated On: October 14, 2017 2:02 am
Rated By: emetub