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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's hard to offer up something original to this issue! I agree with most people about finding ways to make you and the student feel more comfortable in the classroom. I really like the idea of having the parents come in and introduce some of their culture, such as food or books, to the class. I think this will make the student feel welcome and proud! I like the idea of writing a letter to a friend. This is a chance for the class to make a pen pal.

Since the student is so young, transitioning should be a little easier for him than if he were in middle or high school.

I would recommend finding some sort of Japanese to English resource that you could use in your classroom. I like the idea of labeling classroom items in both languages.

Patience and compassion are necessary factors in your teaching style at this point. Just don't panic, and you will both find your rhythm.
 
     
     
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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: Suzi, I agree with you that it would be very beneficial for the teacher to invest in a Japense to English resource. I think it would also be beneficial to label things in the classroom because this would provide a comfortable and positive learning environment for that student. It would make his transition better rather than worse.
Rated On: February 11, 2013 1:27 pm
Rated By: Jessica Eason
 
     
     
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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: February 26, 2013 10:39 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: Bringing in Japanese related items and labeling class materials in Japanese is a fantastic idea. Moving to an entirely different country can be terrifying, especially if you don't know the language.
Rated On: October 21, 2014 1:29 am
Rated By: yVuLyR
 
     
     
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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: This problem will take time and many options to try. Communication is important so labeling items will help this student and introduce the rest of the class to another language.
Rated On: October 25, 2014 7:37 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 Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I like the idea of having parents come into the class in order to share their culture! I was thinking this same thing as far as a solution.
Rated On: February 23, 2015 2:22 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: These are all great methods you presented for this issue and I have to agree with you. On top of finding ways to make the student feel more comfortable, the teacher needs to remain patient and compassionate toward the situation.
Rated On: February 26, 2015 7:06 pm
Rated By: uVataS
 
     
     
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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 don't agree with having the parents come in for a presentation. IF anything, this is going to put the kid more on the spot, and the parents would be inconvenienced since they are difficult to get ahold of during the day as it is. The student sounds like he needs to find acceptance and make new friends, and putting him on the spot with a display may alienate him more. I understand the intention is noble, but it's effects could honestly go either way. I do think the pen pal idea is good, if it is part of a student assignment where all students write to a pen pal, and the students are given the "option" to write to someone they already know. This won't put anyone on the spot, but the student would feel as if his teacher is making an effort to let him find his own path. Either way, this is a tough situation. I do think though that singling out this student, even with good intentions, is the wrong way to go.
Rated On: June 6, 2015 1:16 pm
Rated By: Farhat Ahmad
 
     
     
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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 4:42 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 definitely agree with having the parents come to the classroom ( if they can) to help explain to the class their culture. Writing a friend is a an excellent idea to stay in touch.
Rated On: February 29, 2016 9:41 am
Rated By: uBybuz
 
     
     
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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 your solution and would use this approach myself. It is important to show this student that you care and want him to be comfortable. English to Japanese translation is a great idea and will help with L2 development.
Rated On: February 29, 2016 5:43 pm
Rated By: Melissa Dison
 
     
     
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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 No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I do not believe that allowing for the parent to bring in food and books from their culture will solve this issue. By allowing the parent to do, this may cause an issue for the teacher. The teacher may have to deal with other children wanting their parents to do the same.
Rated On: March 2, 2016 6:54 pm
Rated By: pytaLy
 
     
     
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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 believe that this solution would single him out and make him more uncomfortable.
Rated On: March 5, 2017 10:56 pm
Rated By: aTaqyW
 
     
     
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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 definitely agree with your solution to the problem.
Rated On: October 16, 2017 2:48 am
Rated By: uWureg
 
     
     
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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 No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: I did not agree with everything in this solution, but I would have used some of it.
Rated On: October 13, 2018 2:35 am
Rated By: yreQan