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Pembroke Elementary School, Sunrise County School System
Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: Intervention, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 50 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), RtI 6, RtI 7, RtI 8, Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
Deborah Jamieson, Principal
ALEKS provides the support my students need to close math gaps and strengthen math concepts. Students are making significant progress along the math spectrum and have moved from not meeting standards on the state exam to meeting the standards. ALEKS has pinpointed areas of strength and weakness, and has plugged the holes of misunderstanding for my students. They are excited to see their pie pieces grow, and know that they are making concrete gains in math understanding.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We simply did not know where the gaps in learning were located.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
This is an additional math period for all students. Expectations of at-home work are included where students must spend 30 minutes each night on ALEKS and complete a certain percentage of problems, not just be logged in.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work independently.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We can now reinforce targeted concepts and see where these ideas are taught in early grades.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We provide laptops for home use and have regular discussions with parents about expectations.
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 25 percent of the total homework expectation on a regular basis, and sometimes becomes 100 percent of homework expectations.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We have a standards-based report card system so concepts and skills are assessed.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, students must complete assignments with a score of 90 percent or better.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are making significant progress along the math spectrum and have moved from not meeting standards on the state exam to meeting the standards. ALEKS has pinpointed areas of strength and weakness, and has plugged the holes of misunderstanding for my students. They are excited to see their pie pieces grow, and know that they are making concrete gains in math understanding.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
It is necessary for the instructor to be vested in monitoring and setting expectations.