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Chandler Elementary School, Goshen Community Schools
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Laptop Carts
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Pat Minnick, Teacher
ALEKS is a valuable tool that allows me to differentiate instruction in my classroom and gives me the flexibility to serve the needs of my most proficient math students who have zoomed through material quickly. Students enjoy progressing at their own rate and the feedback they get as they watch their pies get filled in. Students' ability to email me within ALEKS has allowed them to ask me questions and give me insight into their learning. It is also fun for my students and me to communicate this way! I have had several students complete their grade-level course and advance to the next grade level. I have often heard, "oh, I did this on ALEKS!" in classroom math discussions.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The biggest challenge for us was challenging our best math students who acquired and mastered more math skills than their peers.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS as an extension of the regular curriculum and as a replacement for myself so that students can progress at their own rate of learning.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
It depends on the topic of whole group instruction. Some days I have my whole class on ALEKS, and other days I only have a small group working on the program.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I now do more pre-testing.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged, but not required, to do ALEKS at home.
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?
I have not.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I have not set goals for students, but have met with individual students if they are not making sufficient progress.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students love moving at their own rate and learning on their own. They have pride in mastering concepts "without a teacher." Their progress has enabled me to use pre-tests all the time for group math instruction topics, so I know what students already know and won't waste student time teaching things they already learned.