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Fulmar Road Elementary School, Mahopac Central School District
Grade(s): 1 - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Laptop Carts, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, At-Risk Students, ESL Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Jeffery S. Noto, Instructional Support Chair
Our experience with ALEKS has been very positive. The students have been engaged since their first login and continue to strive towards the completion of their pie. ALEKS is being used in our school to support math curriculum in a variety of ways. The methods being employed include: intervention support, bilingual education, and gifted and talented/enrichment support.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5-7 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is used to enhance our core curriculum for advanced students, as well as provide supporting services for struggling students.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We implement ALEKS through in-class integration and computer lab support sessions.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS allows us to further enhance our differentiated instruction by allowing us to provide materials and opportunities that are specific to each learner's needs.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Our students are encouraged to use ALEKS at home on a daily basis.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We are currently evaluating our parental support and involvement model, which we hope to implement in the near future.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We do not incorporate ALEKS into our grading system. Instead, we utilize ALEKS as both a supportive and expansive curricular device.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, because the program is self-paced.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen that when utilized consistently, ALEKS has produced a number of significant increases in student achievement. The students who regularly use ALEKS both at home and school have shown increases in their academic scores and in the confidence they display in class. Every student who has utilized ALEKS in our program this year has thoroughly enjoyed it. They like seeing their progress as they continue to fill in missing pieces of their pie, which has caused them to want to be on ALEKS more and more. A few of our students have not only completed their pie for their grade level, but have also progressed into the next course and two grade levels above.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
It is imperative that students beginning ALEKS do so in a controlled environment to allow for their initial understanding of how ALEKS works, and how the tools and support systems will allow the students to control their own learning in the future. Small group introductions have proven to be the best method to accomplish this goal.