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Arbor View Elementary School, Glen Ellyn School District 89
Glen Ellyn, IL
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: RtI, College and Career Readiness, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
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
Mary Lou Andacht, Gifted Teacher
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!
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I continually monitor student performance and asses them each quarter. ALEKS is included on my second and fourth quarter report card.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
The students' goal is to complete a level within the school year. At this time, 23 out of 31 students using ALEKS have completed at least one pie and have moved on. My second graders began ALEKS in February and hope they can each master the place value section of the pie and move on from there.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I teach a pull out gifted program with an emphasis on math and language arts, and use ALEKS as part of my math program. Most of my students LOVE ALEKS, as well as their parents. I have gotten very positive feedback each year for this program. We give our students Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests in math. I have seen positive correlations between my regular users and their percentile growth scores. Students also spend time in math within their regular classroom. On occasion students work in ALEKS during their homeroom math instruction if they show mastery of certain math concepts. Next year I will have at least two fifth grade students move into a sixth grade math class at our middle school. These students are working well above the fifth grade ALEKS level and are loyal ALEKS users.