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Camptonville Academy, Charter
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 100%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-5 hours per week, 90 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
Lois Langehaug, Teacher
I teach a fourth through sixth grade Math Concepts class using ALEKS. We spend 45 minutes working directly in ALEKS, and then the last 15 minutes we play a game with each other to reinforce skills we are working on in ALEKS. We even have a second grader that is now in the fourth grade course who has joined our class. We also have four special needs students and one English language learner in our class. At the end of each semester, I host an ice cream party for those students who have completed their assigned lessons and who are on track to finish their pies by end of the school year.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Parents not having the skills needed to teach their children math.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3-5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, according to a standard textbook.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We work for 45 minutes, and then play games for 15 minutes.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS is the main teacher, and I work with struggling students as they need help.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged to every day.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I encourage parents to work alongside their students, challenging and helping them as needed.
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 all of the homework.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
If the students meet their monthly goal, they receive an A or a B, depending on their successes and struggles.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, students must complete 100 percent of their assigned pie chart.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students using ALEKS have shown tremendous growth. They love finishing each slice of their pie.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Have a teacher direct mini-lessons and games along with the computer lessons on ALEKS.