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Nelson Elementary School, Clovis Unified School District
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: RtI, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-4 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), RtI 6
Dorothy Francis, Teacher
We just started ALEKS two weeks ago and the kids can't get enough of it. As we are approaching testing, several have mentioned they wish we had it earlier in the year because they are nailing certain concepts. I find that the challenge of having to fill their individual pies makes it competitive, which always keeps kids on their toes. Of course, I LOVE that they LOVE it! I also love that my kids that are done with classwork before others can jump on ALEKS and move on at their level and pace, and those that are hard to engage actually engage and don't want to get off of ALEKS. I also appreciate they can work on it from home; I have a few parents that are working with ALEKS from home with their kids.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I'm letting kids work on their own pie as they see fit. We've made some challenges where kids are competing to have one standard full before the other.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Kids rotate on the computers in the classroom, and the whole class will use it in the lab.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I haven't. It's a supplement and it helps with kids who are ahead of the lesson and also behind.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I don't require it from home as not all students have access.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I've notified parents of the program and those that are interested in supporting from home do so.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Currently, it is not a factor. I will likely add it as a participation grade, I'm sure.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I require 30 minutes per day.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The kids have increased their skills as evident in the growth of their individual pie charts. I have seen them more excited and confident. They are very encouraged!
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
It's not only a supplement with practice material; it's also a supplement with teaching the material in an interactive and engaging way.