ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

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Kayenta Intermediate School, Kayenta Unified School District
Kayenta, AZ

Grade(s): 3 - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: College and Career Readiness, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, After-School, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-5 hours per week, 40-50 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Laurai Gill, Teacher
My experience using ALEKS has been very positive and rewarding. Students in my classroom who use ALEKS are highly motivated. This program is very beneficial and a crucial part of their growth. My students use this program to accelerate their learning in math, and the results have been excellent. Some students have been so motivated with completing their pies that they will stay afterschool to work on ALEKS. I feel ALEKS encourages my students to go beyond what they are comfortable with and really challenges them to take control and responsibility of their learning. They have come out on top in their school and district assessments with the help of this program.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The biggest challenge was that students would use me as the main resource. ALEKS has taught the students to read and self-teach. They have learned to use themselves and the ALEKS tools as a resource before coming to me as the last resort.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3-5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
40-45 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It has been integrated into the schedule during math intervention. My high level math students freely move at their own pace to get through the program. Sometimes if they haven't seen concepts that come up in ALEKS, I will teach that first before they attempt it in ALEKS.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students have the freedom to work through the pies by their ability.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
My students who have ALEKS work on the program in the computer lab during the math intervention period. Students also stay afterschool to work on the computer.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have to break apart the class and differentiate my teaching a lot more. Students who are familiar with ALEKS tend to be ahead a little, so I have to make up for that.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I encourage them to use it at home often.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I discuss the program and its value with parents and encourage them to let their students stay afterschool so they can benefit the most from it.


Grading

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities? If so, what part of the total homework load is it?
I don't use ALEKS as part of their required homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I don't use ALEKS in my grading system.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Their progress mostly has to do with how often they can be on the program at school, their time spent on it afterschool, and if they have Internet access at home.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The students love it! They like completing their pie pieces, and most importantly, they feel ownership and value what they have achieved. The students have learned to problem solve using a different approach; no longer do they rely on the teacher, but they use what they have learned in class and from ALEKS to navigate through problems that would otherwise be difficult. ALEKS really helps my students become self-learners.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Using ALEKS for the gifted and accelerated students has been a time saver and an integral part of their learning. Not only does it challenge them, but it also really makes them responsible for their own learning.