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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!)
It may be beneficial to set up a video chat with some of his friends from Japan. If you could arrange this, it would give the other students in your class an opportunity to learn about his culture as well. Maybe you could arrange a way to have a teacher at his old school film the students saying hello and they miss him too. They could film a little tour of the school. Then, the new student could do the same thing at your school and send it back to his friends. This way, the new student gets to communicate with his old friends as well as making new ones in the process of making the video to send back.
 
     
     
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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 idea to help the child not feel so lonely in a new situation. Being able to continue to maintain contact with previously established relationships would surely help with feelings of security.
Rated On: July 1, 2013 1:11 am
Rated By: PyruNe
 
     
     
  Rating
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 thought about this idea as well. I also thought that it would be a great idea to set up a "pen pal" situation where each of the children in the classroom sent letters to the students at his school in Japan. What a great way to learn about culture and help him make connections with the students in his new classroom!
Rated On: June 7, 2014 1:47 pm
Rated By: wendy burns
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: I feel that this would be a lot of extra work for the teacher to do to make that one child happy. I feel something easier would be to look up a video on YouTube or have the child bring in things that make them feel like they are back home and eventually might want to talk about their time in Japan.
Rated On: March 1, 2015 5:16 pm
Rated By: NaHuVa
 
     
     
  Rating
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 No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I do agree that it would be nice for the student to be able to talk to his friends over a video chat, however, I think that video chatting is something that should be done on his own time at home. I think that it may become a distraction to other students. I think maybe incorporate some sort of Japanese history or words into a lesson plan.
Rated On: October 14, 2015 8:10 pm
Rated By: eZuGeQ
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: Despite the fact that the solution provided may very well help the student, it also can a risk of creating more homesickness from the child seeing the familiar and yet not being able to truly interact with it meaningfully. This solution requires a lot of teacher communication and cooperation on both the part of the American and Japanese teacher that may not be easy and or possible.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 7:52 pm
Rated By: tygaBu