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Leawood Elementary School, Blue Valley School District
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 60%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 6 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)
Brittani Wilton, Gifted Teacher
As a gifted teacher, I am constantly looking for ways to differentiate the curriculum, process, and product of student learning. ALEKS has provided me with means to let students have self-driven learning in a fun and interesting interface. I have seen students not only learn and explore new topics, but also become more comfortable with the themes of mathematics. ALEKS provides a fear-free exploration for students. The students love the program, and can't wait to experience new lessons and drive their own learning.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
With the district curriculum, students were not able to expand their thinking or learning at their own pace.
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?
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, because topics are student-driven.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students are self-driven to supplement the regular curriculum.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are not required to, since the program is used as an in-school form of differentiation.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have weekly class discussions.
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?
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, since this is a long-term project that their motivation really drives.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen students not only learn and explore new topics, but also become more comfortable with the themes of mathematics. ALEKS provides a fear-free exploration for students. The students love the program, and can't wait to experience new lessons and drive their own learning.