Another key thing to know about EL schools is that students aren’t asked to learn in disconnected bits and pieces. Reading in period one. Math in period two. Yawn. Even teachers can get bored that way.
Rather, EL students do projects that go on for months and that require them to develop and use skills in several subject areas. They document local history, teach younger children about homelessness, collect data about their school’s energy efficiency … Things that mean something to them and their community.
They’re more than awake. They’re excited.