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Clinton Prairie Elementary School, Clinton Prairie School District
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.67 hours per week, 15 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)
Sandra Sheets, Teacher
I had two students on ALEKS this year. They worked through most of the third grade work successfully. They were so excited to already know some of the new concepts I was introducing. It was great to see them challenged and succeed in the ALEKS program, since our math program (Saxon) did not challenge them at all.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Before ALEKS, I had to find challenging math programs or paper exercises to challenge my gifted students. ALEKS did it all for me. I was excited that my students were finally challenged and could proceed faster than our classroom math program allowed.
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?
The gifted students spend time each day on the computer while the others complete paper work.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I let the students cover the topics in the order they desire.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The gifted students use ALEKS while the other students are doing paper work, which these gifted children can complete in about five minutes.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not have to modify my teaching because ALEKS provided the material my gifted students needed.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I keep the parents posted on their child's achievements.
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?
No, it's used as a supplement in the classroom.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I do not use ALEKS for grades.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Both of the students were working on the final third grade topics by the end of their second grade year. The students really enjoyed working at their own pace, discovering new math concepts, and successfully completing the program.