ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

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Fulton Elementary School, Tinley Park Community Consolidated School District 146
Tinley Park, IL

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week

Cheryl Faustin, Opportunities and Resources for Enrichment (ORE) Facilitator
I have been pleasantly surprised with how easy the ALEKS program works! I have one student who is significantly advanced in his mathematical skills, and he is working on ALEKS two grade levels above the rest of his peers. I see my student make great gains in math, and he is excited to share with the rest of his peers. He looks forward to using ALEKS in math class and often can't wait to log on to the computer. I think he does this because it provides such a nice challenge for him. One of my favorite comments was, "Mrs. Faustin, I learned something new on ALEKS today!" It is a wonderful tool for him that provides challenge, instruction, and immediate feedback. Thank you for such a wonderful program!


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Providing a rigorous enough curriculum for significantly advanced students.

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?
30 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
It is a combination of classwork and work on ALEKS.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, I let the child choose the topics he or she wants to focus on.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
My student logs on at the beginning of class, and I have him log off so he is able to join in our class discussions. He loves being able to do both activities.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
It is not too difficult to do this since I have a limited amount of students on ALEKS. Next year, I hope to put my whole fifth grade advanced class in ALEKS for part of each class period.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I leave it up to the child.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I share results and reports with the parents at conference time.


Grading

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.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I put in 50 percent of his classwork on ALEKS as his classwork or participation grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I try to assign a test once a month. I include this in his test grade for the quarter.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I see my student make great gains in math, and he is excited to share with the rest of his peers. He looks forward to using ALEKS in math class and often can't wait to log on to the computer. I think he does this because it provides such a nice challenge for him. One of my favorite comments was, "Mrs. Faustin, I learned something new on ALEKS today!"


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS is easy to use, and I love all the data that it provides. You can see how much time a student is working on a skill, and it is helpful for conferencing with a student about his or her individual goals.