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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Highland Elementary School, Highland County Public Schools
Monterey, VA

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: Varies
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Amanda Lotts, Gifted and Talented Teacher
ALEKS enables my gifted students to set their own pace and choose their own activities. Although they still need a "live" teacher to help, the ALEKS explanations allow the children to work with a higher degree of independence. They enjoy using the tools and quickly learn new concepts. I like that ALEKS is aligned with state standards and our regular textbook. The reporting features allow me to track student performance with ease.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Even among a small group of gifted children, students learn at different rates, and have strengths in different areas. It was difficult to make sure one student was not holding back another student.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1-5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
Varies.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS with gifted students in a small group or individual setting.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Since I work in small groups or individually with students, I do not limit them with structure. The students choose activities and ask for help as needed.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS allows my students to work more independently, so I am able to address issues specific to each student.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They know they can work as much or as little as they want.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I mention ALEKS in parent meetings and let them know it is a program accessible from home.


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 homework is given.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I use ALEKS as a supplemental program. It is not part of the grading system.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, they work at their own pace.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students catch on to new concepts more quickly because of the visual and interactive aspects of ALEKS. I particularly like the "review" requirement for recently mastered concepts. My students enjoy seeing their pies become more colorful and show desire to complete each section, much like solving a puzzle or a video game.