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Hallman Elementary School, Salem-Keizer 24J School District
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 0%
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)
Amanda Broyles, Teacher
We offer ALEKS to our talented and gifted (TAG) students as an at-home enrichment tool. My students seem to like ALEKS very much. Because they are already performing at well above grade-level, everything they learn in ALEKS is just getting them ready for higher-level math. As a result, they have become more familiar with different areas of math, and are able to create and solve more difficult problems.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We did not offer enough enriching activities to meet the needs of our talented and gifted students.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
Two of my students' families showed interest in ALEKS, so I enrolled them and showed them how to log in. I assign them homework in the program every week.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is used at home only.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are required to work in ALEKS on a weekly basis.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I discuss use of the program with parents at conferences, and show them information on their student's performance.
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?
ALEKS is extra for my TAG students, and may account for up to 50 percent of their weekly math homework.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Since I use ALEKS as an enrichment tool, I do not incorporate it into my grades at all.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I do not. The students are already performing at well above grade-level, so everything they learn is just getting them ready for higher-level math.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My students seem to like ALEKS very much. They have become more familiar with different areas of math, and are able to create and solve more difficult problems.