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Lake Country School, Lake Country School District
Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 30 hours per term
Kathryn Wentland, Special Education Teacher
ALEKS is an excellent supplement to my math classes. It also works well as a math intervention for my Learning Disabled (LD) students and is very helpful to support their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS to support the concepts I'm teaching in math class and for review on past concepts.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, according to my math curriculum.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The students are required to work on ALEKS during their intervention time in the Special Education classroom. I also have my math class work on ALEKS at the end of the math period 3-4 times a week for about 15 minutes. Additionally, I set up ALEKS Quizzes to reinforce what I'm teaching in math class. I use ALEKS to set up assessments about once a month.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As often as possible.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send notes home, write emails, and include report card comments about ALEKS.
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?
I only use the quiz scores, which account for 30 percent of the students' grades.
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 am working with seventh and eighth graders, and I have seen very good growth since the beginning of the school year. The students like to see their pie chart begin to fill in!
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
With LD students, provide supervision instead of letting them work on their own.