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Walker Butte K-8 School, Florence Unified School District 1
San Tan Valley, AZ
Grade(s): K - 3
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 14%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2-2.5 hours per week, 18-20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Amy Webert, Teacher
I use ALEKS with my fifth grade class, and my students' math skills have improved with ALEKS. I have seen the holes in my students' basic skills filled because of extra and continuous practice on those skills. I like how ALEKS does not "overkill" a concept or skill. In addition, I can access various reports which are very detailed and give insight to skills that the students are achieving. My students feel great about their progress. They enjoy seeing their pie fill up and viewing their scores. They enjoy the program and look forward to using it each day.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4-5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
It is a supplement to my curriculum to provide extra support for my students.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, I do not cover ALEKS topics in a particular order. My instruction follows an order, but ALEKS is self-paced. Although students choose the topic, I let them know what they need to work on first if I notice that a topic is being ignored.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I have my subjects divided hourly, so I rotate usage during center or reading time.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I make sure that I am not teaching while the students use ALEKS.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I do not require or encourage using ALEKS at home because some of my students do not have computers.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are notified of the ALEKS program being supplemental to our curriculum. During parent-teacher conferences, my students are required to show their parents their pie.
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, ALEKS is not assigned as homework.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I do not put ALEKS in my gradebook.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I require students to make progress. I monitor their progress report and look at their progress per session in the report. If I notice that no progress is made at least every other day, I tell students which sections they need to work on.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen the holes in my students' basic skills filled because of extra and continuous practice on those skills. In addition, the reports are very detailed and give insight to skills that the students are achieving. My students feel great about their progress. They enjoy seeing their pie fill up and viewing their scores.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
My suggestion is to make sure you are using ALEKS appropriately but still holding students accountable. I like having ALEKS as a supplement to my curriculum to provide extra support for my students. Practice at home would be great, but I enjoy seeing my students work on their pies in class. In addition, they are using the message board. They enjoy sending me messages about their successes and areas they need extra help with. ALEKS is a great program which allows you to accurately monitor your students' progress.