ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

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Pioneer Peak Elementary School, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
Palmer, AK

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 9 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Amy Ehmann, Teacher
I have had a great experience using ALEKS to challenge students who excel in mathematics and are bored with grade level stuff. Students are engaged in the program, look forward to having the opportunity to work on it, and are excited to be challenged.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Ways to successfully challenge students that are working above grade level.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
There are only a few students that utilize this program to challenge them when we are covering items that they have already mastered. Those students work on the program independently while we work on items that they already know.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students use ALEKS as a supplement to our current program. This resource is especially utilized when we cover subject matter in class that the students have already mastered.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I am monitoring reports to see areas where they need additional help.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I talk to parents about at-home use at parent/teacher conferences.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I talk to parents about challenging their child so that they don't become bored with academics and how ALEKS can help with this.


Grading

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.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is not incorporated into my grading system at this time.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are engaged in the program, look forward to having the opportunity to work on it, and are excited to be challenged.