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Mary M. Lynch Elementary School, Springfield Public Schools
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, Special Education
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Colette Proctor, Instructional Specialist
I personally utilized ALEKS for prep work before I took the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for math, which I passed. Also, our school is currently using ALEKS in the third, fourth, and fifth grades.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was challenging to individualize learning geared to a student's specific needs.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days a week
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I train teachers, who then choose when their students can utilize ALEKS.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
It varies per class. Some teachers have students work evenly around their pie, some have students work in one piece of the pie until they cannot work in it anymore, and others have the students work in the slice that they are working on in class.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students log on when they have finished other work for half an hour each day.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I am the coordinator, so I have not modified my teaching because I do not have a class. ALEKS has been incorporated into our instructional clock for math for intervention, and the students are on a rotation between ALEKS and working with the teachers.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Letters of introduction are sent home, help is offered for technical issues, and the ALEKS Message Center is utilized between home and school.
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?
Part of the homework is ALEKS. Students are required to do at least one hour during the week from home.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We have not incorporated it into our grading system as of yet.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We measure how many topics they learn per hour in ALEKS.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are more engaged in math, ask more questions, are more involved in their learning, and have become more independent learners. They are excited because it challenges both weak and strong students equally, allowing them to feel accomplished on a daily basis.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Monitor the students while they are in ALEKS, give a thorough introduction to the program, and encourage discourse through the ALEKS Message Center.