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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 can't imagine what it's like to move to a new country away from everything you know, especially at such a young age. If he misses his friends, maybe you can have him do a pen-pal activity where he gets to write to his friends in Japan and send them photos of himself at school. Maybe your school counselor could be beneficial in this situation. Maybe he or she can take him out of the classroom setting to help calm him down. It has to be rough making such a big move, he might just need some time to adjust.
 
     
     
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Comments: The pen-pal idea is great. It could be a potential outlet for him to talk to someone in his own language.
Rated On: October 17, 2014 5:15 pm
Rated By: Sanubu
 
     
     
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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 here! I love the pen-pal thing and you're right I think since he has only been there for three weeks he probably needs a bit more time to adjust.
Rated On: October 19, 2014 1:26 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 think you have some good ideas
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:06 am
Rated By: Krystalynn Gulczewski