Psychological Adjustment of Immigrant Children in the classroom

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Adjustment difficulties

Nowadays, the number of immigrant students increases. The “foreign” child often feels “incomplete”, “different”, “empty”, believing that he has to learn as fast as he can the language of the host country and as well as its culture. Furthermore the child may believe that his native language is a barrier for him to adjust into the new country, and may even consider it as socially inferior or as a defect and thus he wants to abolish the bond with it and tries to repel it.

In particular, the student-immigrant usually reacts negatively to the lack of understanding by the others around him, goes into isolation, he becomes introverted, reacts aggressively, and puts himself in the margins of school life.

Learning the new language is the main problem that needs an immediate solution. Sometimes the student-immigrant may experience a long period of silence and exhibit a preference to be a passive observer of the school life rather than an active participant.

How to Welcome Immigrant Students Into the Classroom

For these reasons it is necessary to enhance the confidence and self-esteem of these students through the recognition and acceptance of their  own language and cultural difference. 

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Learning Through Art

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Professor of Art and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education

Art helps the child capture the world through every Form, Figure, Image or Movement. The child who creates, feels the excitement of the freedom of expression. The child uses his imagination, his knowledge and skills to creat a piece of art and this action stimulates the brain growth. Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and helps them develop their Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills. It cultivates creativity and makes learning fun.

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Art, in any of its forms, means something different for every person. We could assume that there are as many definitions of art as the number of people on Earth! I asked my students what art means to them, and here are their answers:

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Multiple Intelligences

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The intelligence of every human being is as unique as a fingerprint. We think with sounds, colors, words, movements, numbers, empathy. We think creatively, we think differently. The theory of Multiple Intelligence is a very powerful tool for every help parent and teacher which can assist them to discover and develop their children’s and students’ skills.

Multiple Intelligence is a learning theory developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is based on the belief that each individual has unique intelligences through which he or she is able to learn or understand new information.

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Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

Specific Learning Difficulties (or SpLDs), affect the way information is learned and processed. They are neurological (rather than psychological), usually run in families and occur independently of intelligence. They can have significant impact on education and learning and on the acquisition of literacy skills. SpLD is an umbrella term used to cover a range of frequently co-occurring difficulties, more commonly:

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ADHD

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A brief overview of the signs and symptoms of ADHD, and how it’s treated in children and adolescents.

Overview

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a condition that makes it unusually difficult for kids to concentrate on tasks, to pay attention, to sit still, and to control impulsive behavior. While some children exhibit mostly inattentive behaviors and others predominantly hyperactive and impulsive, the majority of those with ADHD have a combination of both, which may make it very difficult for them to function in school, and create a lot of conflict at home.

Symptoms of Hyperactive or Impulsive ADHD

  • Fidgeting or squirming, trouble staying in one place or waiting his turn
  • Excessive running and climbing
  • Trouble playing quietly
  • Extreme impatience
  • Always seems to be “on the go” or “driven by a motor”
  • Excessive talking or interrupting, blurting out answers

Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD

  • Makes careless mistakes
  • Is easily distracted
  • Has difficulty following instructions
  • Doesn’t seem to be listening when spoken to directly
  • Has trouble organizing
  • Avoids or dislikes sustained effort
  • Is forgetful, always losing things

REMEMBER: ADHD is not a disease! Is merely a different mind!!!

Source: http://childmind.org/article/quick-facts-on-adhd/