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Oasis Elementary School, Morongo Unified School District
Twentynine Palms, CA
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1+ hours per week, 25 hours per term
Summer Harrington, Teacher
My first experience with ALEKS was as a fourth grade teacher at another site. The program engages students by providing them with a tool that facilitates ownership in their math proficiency. It helps students to master their own personal areas of need and to work at an individual pace. My favorite component of the program is QuickTables. I used QuickTables with my second graders to assist them in mastering their basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. QuickTables has been an amazing tool in my classroom. I also utilize the ALEKS generated worksheets to provide even more practice opportunities for my students to master their basic math facts. Thank you!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Math facts were not learned to automaticity.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
With timed math fact race worksheets.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work on QuickTables once a week in the computer lab, as well as once their classwork is completed.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I implemented a set schedule for practice time and for math race worksheets.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
During parent conference meetings and letters including ALEKS progress reports.
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?
ALEKS supported our core curriculum; it was used more as a review and a supplemental tool.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students love ALEKS and request to be on the computer as often as they can. Students have mastered their basic math facts.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Explore the QuickTables component; it provides a wonderful foundation for students!