# Implementation Strategies

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

Arbor View Elementary School, Glen Ellyn School District 89
Glen Ellyn, IL

Scenario: Computers in Classroom
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30-35%
Time Spent in ALEKS: Varies
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), RtI 8, Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

I have used ALEKS with my gifted math students for the past five years. I love this program as do my students and parents. I believe the strength of this program is its ability to individualize instruction for each of its users. I love the fact it is tied to the national math core standards. I also appreciate that students can access this program from home or school. I love the enrichment that ALEKS provides for my students. I also appreciate the quick and courteous support representatives that have helped me with questions or concerns over the years. Thank you!

Scenario

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
Varies.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
Varies.

Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS as a part of my pull out gifted math program. I also make it available for classroom teachers to use as math enrichment with certain students if needed.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Because my grade level groups are small (8 to 12 students) I typically cover a topic that students have questions about. However, I do begin my second grade students on a third grade level in January. I begin with place value lessons: building and exploring base 10, place value, and reading, writing, and understanding large numbers. Then we move on to other topics such as adding and subtracting larger numbers, understanding decimals and fractions, percents, etc. We also cover quite a bit of spatial reasoning and exploration of geometric shapes and puzzles.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
My requirement is a minimum of 30 minutes a week in ALEKS. Most students work well beyond this, depending on the time of year and availability of computers.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
30 minutes is the minimum for the week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I explain ALEKS to parents during curriculum night, which is held in September. I also send parents informational emails and letters as needed. Each parent receives an ALEKS informational letter once I sign their students up for the program.

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?
It varies.