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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Shiloh Christian School, Private
Springdale, AR

Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Supplement, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 0%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 0.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Kristy Cox, Teacher
Most of my students really enjoy using ALEKS. They are motivated by the games that are offered in QuickTables, and even go back to work in the tables to unlock more games. The students who really like math work hard at home to complete their pie pieces. Overall, it is a very motivating and challenging way to improve math skills.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We were concentrating on multiplication facts.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
15 minutes


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We use ALEKS in the computer lab two times a week for six weeks. Students also have access at home.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
In the lab, students only work on QuickTables. At home, they can do either QuickTables or the pie chart.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Every class period. I give rewards for the pie slices my students complete.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Because most of the students who use it at home love math, I have very good parental feedback on the program.


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.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I see improvement in multiplication skills. Students are encouraged by seeing their progress displayed on the screen - that is a big motivator to work hard to complete their pie and multiplication tables.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
It works well for me in a computer lab setting, even though I am not the classroom teacher.