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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 seems like such a tough situation for both you and your student. I could not imagine being moved from my home to a different country and on top of that, not knowing the language of the new country that I had moved to. I believe a possible solution may be to have a week where the class learns about different countries or cultures. On one of those days, you could talk about Japan and maybe even talk to the parents of the upset student to find out some of his favorite things about his home that you can incorporate into the lesson. In this situation, I feel that it is most important to accommodate the student and his needs. Make him feel important and that he is accepted and welcomed into this new environment. He may even feel like he has the opportunity to make new friends when he sees students embracing his culture. I believe another good idea would to be forming support group for other young students who have moved from a different country. You could get together with other teachers who may have the student in his/her class in the upcoming years and discuss ways to continue to accommodate the student to help him adapt.
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: The idea of forming a support group with other students from similar situations would surely help the Japanese student to not feel so isolated and comfort him because there are others in a similar position.
Rated On: July 1, 2013 10:23 pm
Rated By: PyruNe