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Fallsvale Elementary, Bear Valley Unified School District
Forest Falls, CA
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3.75 hours per week, 33.75 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, California Algebra 1
Molly Anderson, Teacher
ALEKS is a great asset in my classroom. I teach in a small, two-room school. I have the older grades, which include eight third graders, five fourth graders, five fifth graders, and five sixth graders. It is quite a combo!! I utilize ALEKS every day. ALEKS allows me to have two grade levels working independently, at their appropriate level. ALEKS works in a way that lets the students work on their own (if they don't understand something they can click Explain), which frees me up to have some direct instruction time with two grade levels per day. I feel good about having my students work in ALEKS because I know they are learning something; so often, independent work ends up simply being busy work. I also have them do QuickTables for 15 minutes per day. They LOVE this!!!! My third and fourth graders do the multiplication QuickTables, and I have my fifth and sixth graders do division.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our biggest challenge was trying to provide all four grade levels with meaningful instruction and the help they need, since I am the only teacher in the room with one aide.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
Last year we started using ALEKS. I worked with students on it for a few days and we learned how ALEKS works together.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I have two grade levels work in ALEKS while I teach direct instruction to the other two. After 30-45 minutes, we switch. The students in ALEKS do 30 minutes of the course and 15 minutes of QuickTables.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I often use ALEKS for homework and review. I also use ALEKS to back up my direct instruction. The students often have done a topic in ALEKS before we come to it in the math textbook. It's great when that happens; it works well to have ALEKS teach things beforehand.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students do ALEKS at home when they are absent and during the summer.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I told the parents about ALEKS at Back-to-School Night. I also have the link to ALEKS on our class website, and I send a reminder home over the summer that students can work on it.
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?
We sometimes print out worksheets and use them for homework.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I haven't incorporated ALEKS into my grading yet.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen great improvements in some of my students. I actually have a third grader who is close to finishing the sixth grade pie!!! I have four students who have finished their pies so far, and a few more students who are close. It is so fun to be able to move a student to the next grade level in ALEKS! The students get so excited about finishing their pies and seeing their friends finish their pies.