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Jefferson Elementary School, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Special Education, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Timothy Hamman, Principal
We use ALEKS for select students in grades 3-5, including students with disabilities and at-risk students. ALEKS is easy to use and gives constant feedback to students and instructors. We love the great reports and the fact that all data and information is provided in real-time. Students love the interactive capabilities of the program, as well as the ability to use ALEKS at home. We meet with students three days per week for an hour each day before and after school in our computer lab in order to extend our instructional time. With ALEKS, most of the instruction is done by the program itself and we have one teacher before school and 4-5 teachers after school to support the program. Additionally, our Intervention Specialists are also able to use ALEKS during the school day. My goal for next year is to use the program with ALL of our students in grades 3-5. Our teachers, students, and parents love the program. I have had many families calling me to ask if their child can use ALEKS because they are hearing such good things. ALEKS is on the top of our list as THE online program to use for ALL students in grades 3-5, no matter whether intervention or enrichment is needed. Thank you ALEKS!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We saw a need for extra help in algebra, geometry, and measurement. ALEKS QuickTables has also helped our students that needed extra help with their facts.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We originally had 30 computers in our lab, but have been able to increase our lab size to 40 computers. This increase has allowed additional students to use the program after school. Now we have one teacher in the lab before school and 4-5 teachers after school to support the program. Our Intervention Specialists are also able to use the program during the school day.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We do not. We allow students to pick and choose topics, which gives them immediate ownership of their learning.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We meet with students three days per week for an hour each day before and after school in our computer lab. The computer lab is offered before and after school in order to extend our instructional time.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We use ALEKS to supplement our current math program.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
It is not required, but is encouraged.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send out parent letters. We also promote the program in our school newsletter and meet with students to sell them on the benefits of 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?
ALEKS is not assigned as homework since students are already working on the program before and after school.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We have not graded students on ALEKS because it is used as a supplement to our regular math program.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We do not require regular increments of improvement, but it is amazing for the students to see their own growth in the pie and other reports after each assessment.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are delighted to visually see their progress and be able to show their parents exactly what they have learned and what they are going to learn.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
The best advice I can give to other educators is to at least give the program a try. We started using it as a pilot and couldn't be more pleased with the results.