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Tremont Elementary School, Upper Arlington City School District
Upper Arlington, OH
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-2 hours per week, 9-18 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, High School Geometry
Catherine Ostrowski, Gifted Intervention Specialist
I am very pleased with ALEKS. My students have learned how to first click on the Explain button and then ask me for additional help if needed, although the explanation is often enough.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The challenges we faced included giving students instant feedback, delivering instruction at their own pace, and providing detailed instructions and explanations when needed.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3-4 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is part of our expectations. Students have to master a number of topics and work a certain number of hours per week.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, not yet. However, I'm thinking that in the future I will follow the units in our math textbook.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I have 6-8 students at a time. Sometimes I will have the whole class in the computer lab. Other times, I have 3-4 students on ALEKS and the other 3-4 students working with me or on a group activity.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use more of a workshop approach, which allows me to work more one-on-one with students.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
ALEKS is given as homework for 20 minutes a night unless the students work on it at school.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We print out copies of each student's ALEKS Pie every three weeks and send them home. At conferences, or every nine weeks, I print out the ALEKS summary and discuss it with parents.
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?
The program is half of a student's homework load. This breaks down to one homework page and 20 minutes spent on ALEKS.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I do not incorporate it.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, students are required to work on the program for 90 minutes per week and, depending on their grade level, a topic every two days.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I started my students at grade level and they have moved up at their own pace. For example, I have eight students in my fifth grade class; two of them are taking MS/LV 6, another two are taking Middle School Math Course 1, two are taking Middle School Math Course 3, one is taking Algebra 1, and one is taking High School Geometry. This type of progress has been evident in all of my grade level groups. My students feel terrific about their progress!