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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Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, Park City School District
Park City, UT

Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Supplement, At-Risk Students
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week; 12 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Crystal Giles, Teacher
I am very pleased with the ALEKS program. My students really like it and enjoy working on the math concepts that are challenging for them.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Holes in students' prior knowledge that they gathered from previous grades, misconceptions, and insufficient understanding of textbook mathematics.

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

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
15-20 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use it during math. Students log in for 20 minutes after initial instruction and work on a math concept that matches the textbook lesson for the day.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, I do not. I follow my math curriculum and use the ALEKS Pie to select the corresponding slice that the students needs to work on.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Half the class uses ALEKS for 20 minutes while the other half works in the math journal, then they switch.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I do not modify my regular teaching for ALEKS; I use ALEKS to enhance my teaching.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Every night.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I show parents how to have their child log in to the site and practice lessons during parent-teacher conferences. I encourage parents to allow their child to use the site every night as part of their math homework and to study main concepts before math tests.


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?
ALEKS is part of the homework, but I do not require it. I have some students who do not have access to the Internet outside of school.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I have not incorporated ALEKS into my grading system yet.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I expect students to complete one lesson per day. Most students complete more than that in the time given.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students seem really pleased with how they are filling in their pie charts. They like the program, and I have seen some improvement.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
If you're excited about ALEKS, the kids will be too!