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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!)
He is a second grade student from Japan. He is young and alone in school. He is not only outside of his home but he is away from everything (culture, family, friends,...etc.) This is a situation only fixed with time. Parents need to be involved to help the student cope at home so that he may have better control of his emotions while at school. You could also take a day in your lesson plan and talk about different aspects of Japan (culture, cities, people)this way the class can have a better understanding of how difficult it is for the new student. Maybe students could come up with one neat thing they learned about Japan. These kinds of things can definitely help to make a new student feel like a real part of the class and that he will be ok.
 
     
     
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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 the lesson on Japan because it shows his culture to other students and he might connect while showing them things he knows.
Rated On: October 20, 2014 1:04 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 No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Although these are good ideas the one thing that will help is time, so I rated this as not likely to solve the problem because it will take more than the school to help him adjust
Rated On: October 25, 2014 7:41 pm
Rated By: VeHyge
 
     
     
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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 No
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: Yes, the issue can only be fixed with time, but the teacher could do a lot more than just 1 day's lesson plan on Japan. I think you're on the right track, but the class should spend a few weeks learning about the new student's culture and maybe even learn a few key phrases in order to interact with the new student and make him feel included.
Rated On: June 30, 2015 3:06 pm
Rated By: NaXeta
 
     
     
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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 gave some valid points
Rated On: October 18, 2015 2:11 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: Having parent involvement is a good solution. Incorporating their native culture is also a good start.
Rated On: March 7, 2016 2:22 am
Rated By: usudaX
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
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 No
Comments: Even though you make some great points, I don't think being dependent only on time to solve the issue would be a good idea in helping the student feel more at ease. I would suggest the teacher doing more research on Japanese culture and implementing this into the classroom as well.
Rated On: February 27, 2017 1:03 pm
Rated By: yzujyV
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
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 No
Comments: I would never do this! This is wrong.
Rated On: March 2, 2017 4:16 pm
Rated By: GyNyzu
 
     
     
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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 would use this solution, I found it very useful.
Rated On: October 13, 2018 2:38 am
Rated By: yreQan