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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!)
This is a really tricky situation because it involves more than just the student's academic struggles but also their personal ones. I think that the parents being unavailable is definitely a roadblock, but shouldn't stop you from reaching out to the student one-on-one. Communicating with him could be difficult, but perhaps bringing him to your computer after school and showing him a website such as http://imtranslator.net/translate-and-speak/japanese/ would help. Websites like this will let you type what you want to say, then play it aloud in Japanese, and so forth. I can imagine how hard it would be to be in his situation and talking to him alone seems like the only way you are really going to get through to him. I would ask him if he was planning on learning English, or if there was anything I could do to help him get where he needed to be both socially and academically.
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 great solution! I like the link that you included as well. This is a great starter tool to promote communication between the student and the teacher. I think the teacher should also take a more active role in learning common Japanese phrases. I would also encourage the student to draw as well. Art is a form of expression and can be used to help him express himself.
Rated On: June 8, 2014 7:32 pm
Rated By: Cierra` Barksdale