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Quest Academy, Charter
West Haven, UT
Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, One-to-One Laptop Program, Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2-4 hours per week, 85 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Arithmetic (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra
James Bokinskie, Teacher
I had seven students working on the ALEKS program this year. There were increases in the grade level assessment, and overall improved student self-esteem and math confidence. The students love ALEKS. Two of them were able to increase their math scores by a minimum of two full grade levels. Three of the seven students increased their scores by three grade levels. It was amazing!! As a teacher, I can't tell you how exciting these results are. The students' parents were thrilled, as was the administration and peer teachers at our school. I give ALEKS two thumbs up.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
I use ALEKS with my gifted students as a reward/incentive to increase grade level performance. These students excel and thrive on the additional challenges from the ALEKS program.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
Students pace themselves.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, we follow the assessments in the program.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work with minimal supervision for 35 minutes out of a 50-minute period.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Didn't have to.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I have a meeting at the beginning of the year; I cover the program and answer questions.
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?
Yes, all of their homework is ALEKS.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Their work on ALEKS and regular curriculum is 50/50.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I track their progress with the assessments in the program.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
There were increases in the grade level assessment, and overall improved student self-esteem and math confidence. The students love ALEKS. They enjoy the challenge and will challenge each other.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Follow up with your students. Don't expect what you don't inspect. Encourage, motivate, and reward for performance.