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  Case: Student Won’t Stop Crying
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 very sensitive situation but put yourself in that students shoes. He's not comfortable with this new surroundings. In my education classes, we always talk about ways to make the classroom seem like a home. Have the student bring in his favorite things like a stuffed animal, a poster or anything that reminds him of home and have it there for him in the classroom. Research about the Japanese culture. Where there are signs in English put them in Japanese. Take the time to sit and try to talk with him, even if you have to play picture-nary with him.
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
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Rated On: February 11, 2013 3:48 pm
Rated By: Olivia Giauque
 
     
     
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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
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Rated On: February 26, 2013 10:28 am
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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 think any solutions that involve Japanese culture and art/physical communication are good ideas. Good solution!
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:24 pm
Rated By: Adam Sanchez
 
     
     
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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 love the fact of finding English words for things and translating them to Japanese and putting them on the objects.
Rated On: October 20, 2014 1:07 am
Rated By: Christie Gerlach
 
     
     
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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: This solution is useful as it is important to make him feel comfortable and included. I would use this solution.
Rated On: February 23, 2015 2:20 pm
Rated By: Tabitha Tirado
 
     
     
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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: If the teacher tries to have one on one time with the student, maybe the student will feel more welcomed.
Rated On: February 24, 2015 4:27 am
Rated By: XudaBy
 
     
     
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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: Making him feel more comfortable is a great idea. I would use this solution in this situation.
Rated On: July 1, 2015 10:35 pm
Rated By: TaPeBu
 
     
     
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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 4:43 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: I love this solution because it involves relationship building between the teacher and Japanese student. It would also be beneficial for the student to bring in things to show the other students in the class. This is a great way for him to make some new friends.
Rated On: October 17, 2015 9:09 pm
Rated By: ezuXuD
 
     
     
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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 think bringing in things from home or Japan that could make him feel more comfortable is a great idea. Anything that helps him feel at home could help decrease the crying.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 4:57 pm
Rated By: Tetygy
 
     
     
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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 think it is a great idea to bring something to comfort him from home. To research Japanese culture would be benefical because it could help you to better understand he and his family.
Rated On: October 19, 2015 3:24 am
Rated By: uSezaV
 
     
     
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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! Love the suggestion of a decoration in Japanese!
Rated On: October 20, 2015 9:10 pm
Rated By: yheGaQ
 
     
     
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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: .
Rated On: November 3, 2015 8:35 pm
Rated By: yDyjuB
 
     
     
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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
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Comments: Sounds comforting.
Rated On: March 6, 2016 12:55 am
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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 love the idea of creating an open environment. But do not single the student out. Make a day where everyone can bring in something important to them.
Rated On: March 6, 2016 4:43 pm
Rated By: anaXan
 
     
     
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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 like in this solution states "put yourself in that students shoes". I really like the suggestion to also put the signs in Japanese.
Rated On: October 17, 2016 12:26 am
Rated By: Raven B
 
     
     
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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 agree with this solution.
Rated On: October 17, 2016 11:30 pm
Rated By: duNuJy
 
     
     
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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. The student really could just be upset about the move, and allowing him to bring things in like a stuffed animal seems like a great idea.
Rated On: March 5, 2017 5:37 pm
Rated By: QaHyWe
 
     
     
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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 idea, pictures are a great way to ease into a new language. Items from home can also help him become more comfortable with his new surroundings.
Rated On: July 8, 2017 5:33 pm
Rated By: eLaGag
 
     
     
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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
 
     
     
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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: This is a great all-around answer, very well thought out and exactly what I would do. Making the student comfortable enough, to lower that affective filter, so he can learn!
Rated On: October 15, 2017 1:23 pm
Rated By: uregeT