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Slater Elementary School, Jefferson County Public Schools
Grade(s): K - 6
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-4 hours per week, 60 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), RtI 6
Andrea Prusinski, Teacher
My experience with ALEKS has been great! It gives my Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) students challenging and fun activity problems. ALEKS is a great way to differentiate for students to succeed. Since using ALEKS, my students are more motivated and excited for math. They ask every day if they get to use ALEKS. The students have also been more communicative with each other and work together to solve problems. The students feel that ALEKS has helped them with their progress in math as a whole.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was a challenge to figure out how to answer my ALP students' questions while trying to teach the rest of the class.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1-4 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I use it as a differentiation piece for the Gifted and Talented students during math lessons.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
When I start my lesson for the day, the kids using ALEKS grab a computer and work in small groups.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
The Gifted and Talented group use computers and work together in small groups, while I attend to the lesson of the day and work with the others.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They are not required to work on it at home but are definitely encouraged to.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
By educating the parents on what ALEKS is and why we are using it.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is not taken for a grade.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Since using ALEKS, my students are more motivated and excited for math. They ask every day if they get to use ALEKS. The students have also been more communicative with each other and work together to solve problems. The students feel that ALEKS has helped them with their progress in math as a whole.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Definitely use it for differentiation for the higher level kids. They love it!