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Mirage Elementary School, Deer Valley School District
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computer Lab, One-to-One Laptop Program, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 80%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 7.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)
Penny Mezger, Teacher
ALEKS is fantastic and I am so pleased with my students' results using the program. My students have really embraced the challenge! They want to be on ALEKS all the time. I even get emails from them at home saying they are on the program after school and on weekends. We celebrate their success with ALEKS and the competition is contagious in our classroom. At this point, five students have already tested out of third grade and there are another ten who are very close to finishing the third grade course. Thanks so much for this awesome experience!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our students have a wide range of abilities and it was hard for us to group them for intervention. With ALEKS, we are now able to take these students and move them forward.
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?
My students take the Initial Assessment and then start working on their pies. I also pull students for small group instruction for new topics.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No. I let students have ownership of what topics they want to cover.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I use the computer lab at school and use laptops in the classroom when the lab isn't available.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use ALEKS to help me pull topics for intervention lessons based on what students are ready to learn.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
ALEKS at home is optional, but extra credit is given to students who use the program at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have a parent night to show off ALEKS and demonstrate how it works. We also show student progress and how parents can support ALEKS.
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?
No. However, extra credit is given if students work on the program outside of class.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I use students' quizzes and test scores for their math grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, not at this time. However, I would like to do this in the future. I would have my students write their goals and use their pies to chart their progress.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen hardworking students completing their pies and moving from the third grade into the fourth grade. In just a few months, five students have completed the third grade course and are now working on the fourth grade curriculum. Over half of my class is on their way to completing the third grade course and we couldn't have made this progress without ALEKS. My students are always sharing where they are in ALEKS and their goals for moving to the next section of their pie. They are very into the program and the results are showing. I love the positive atmosphere ALEKS brings to my classroom.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Be sure to state expectations and goals with your students. Let them know how exciting this program is and celebrate their successes in a big way! Be involved with the students in ALEKS and be a part of their learning. Your attitude will be contagious!