For a Better Life: English Language Learners in the Classroom
For a Better Life highlights the stories of our public schools as they educate immigrant and refugee families who are overcoming obstacles on their path to a better life.
2016 // 2:13
- Immigrant and Refugee Education
The stories we learned from ELL teachers like Ms. Eloge tell us a lot about what it’s like for newcomer students.
“A lot of my students actually work. They’ll be super tired or they’ll just tell me, ‘I’m so tired I don’t want to work today.’
I [say], “All right, you got to at least try [to] make progress. I’ll work with you. If you don’t get this done, I’ll give you extra time.’ But that’s my biggest issue, probably. That or they have to be like the mother-figure because their mom’s working nights and they have to watch all their siblings and so they don’t have time to do homework or work on something that they should be doing.
In their families, I think that’s pretty normal here. The parents are always working and [the students] are always watching their siblings and taking care of them or working themselves and trying to pay stuff off… It costs so much money for them to come up here and they have to work it off and pay it off here. So, that’s why a lot of them have to work.”
– Clarissa Eloge, ELL teacher
Schuyler Public Schools