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Comer Elementary School, Madison County School District
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: RtI, Intervention, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week, 22 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)
Anita Peck, Paraprofessional
ALEKS is a very user-friendly program, which allows students the opportunity to learn a math skill and practice it several times to assure mastery of that given topic. It works best with one-on-one help so that the instructor is able to work out a problem with the student and explain why certain steps are taken. We have students learn skills that they were previously unable to understand in a large classroom setting. They enjoy getting to see their pie chart get completed, which in turn encourages them to do their best.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Lack of specific skills.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4-5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Interventions outside of the classroom.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I notify parents that ALEKS is being used.
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?
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
We have students learn skills that they were previously unable to understand in a large classroom setting. They enjoy getting to see their pie chart get completed, which in turn encourages them to do their best.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Working with a child one-on-one works best to make sure students are learning the skills and techniques.