A fabulous fourth grade teacher at my school just dropped by briefly to ask me to mull over a challenge in her classroom. She has a new student (just arrived from Central America) who is illiterate. He can not read in Spanish; he can't actually identify all the letters in the Spanish alphabet. According to records he was in school in his country and repeated one or two grades.
She's looking for ways to engage him and help him learn at a level completely different from the rest of her class. Any thoughts?
Update: For more details and/or to get the story from the student's classroom teacher,go here.