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Southview Elementary School, Rosemount Apple Valley School District
Apple Valley, MN
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Stephanie Madson, Gifted and Talented Specialist
We are trying ALEKS out with highly gifted mathematicians in third grade. They are students who are already in a differentiated program, but still need more challenges in their math program. These kids have been doing ALEKS twice a week, while the classroom teacher catches the rest of the class up on material the higher students have mastered. One child finished fourth grade math in only a few weeks and is flying through fifth grade now. The others are also going to finish fourth grade before the year is out. They are happy, their teacher is happy, and their needs are being met!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We were grouping the kids by ability, so they were with the highest ability in their grade. However, a few kids still needed more than the teacher could offer them.
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?
They are pulled out of their regular math class twice a week for this program.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The kids work independently on their interest area for the day.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
The teacher makes an effort to go over material the ALEKS kids have already mastered while they are out of the room.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We tell them they can do it, but it isn't required.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
They are thrilled for another opportunity for their kids.
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?
This hasn't been discussed yet.
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.
I have seen happier kids that are highly motivated to engage in the program. They are challenged at their ability level. They love it!