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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Holy Trinity School, Diocese of Joliet
Westmont, IL

Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 20+ hours per term

Jessica Sinibaldi, Teacher
Students truly love going to the computer lab daily to work on ALEKS. With strong encouragement from myself and other staff members, my students have also made ALEKS part of their homework routine each night. Students are given a log to record the time spent working on ALEKS at home. I have seen the children able to grasp new concepts more quickly. In addition, students have been making comparisons and connections to new material I present in class with content they may have worked on in their pie chart. I love hearing how excited the children get when they make these connections! ALEKS promotes a love of math! I have seen my students WANT to complete their pie chart so they can move on to the next level. They enjoy the challenge.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Gifted students were not being challenged enough. There were no extra programs available at our small Catholic school.

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

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


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
Students visit the computer lab daily to work on ALEKS for the first half of math. They are also required to complete a homework log of time spent at home working on ALEKS.

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

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students who use ALEKS spend the first half of math in the computer lab. They join the rest of the class for the second 30 minutes of math.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I spend more time giving pre-assessments to see where children are at with material rather than teaching everything.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Letter from the principal, email, and conferences.


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?
Yes.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is not currently graded.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Not currently.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students truly love going to the computer lab daily to work on ALEKS. With strong encouragement from myself and other staff members, my students have also made ALEKS part of their homework routine each night. Students are given a log to record the time spent working on ALEKS at home. I have seen the children able to grasp new concepts more quickly. In addition, students have been making comparisons and connections to new material I present in class with content they may have worked on in their pie chart. I love hearing how excited the children get when they make these connections! ALEKS promotes a love of math! I have seen my students WANT to complete their pie chart so they can move on to the next level. They enjoy the challenge.