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Luella Elementary School, Henry County Schools
Locust Grove, GA
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 15%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week, 15 hours per term
Julianne Jefferson, Teacher
Students are excited about the chance to use ALEKS. They love completing their pies, and are excited to learn new topics.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
All students chose math as their favorite subject despite being behind in the standards.
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?
I teach topics in the classroom, then use ALEKS for students to practice and move forward as they master concepts.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We use the district's pacing, but students are allowed to move forward if the concepts are mastered quickly.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is used as a start-up review on concepts that were previously covered.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have more opportunity to teach to areas of need and subjects that have not been mastered.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Through encouraging letters and reminders of how effective the program can be.
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?
Yes, for 15-20 minutes.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is not incorporated into the grading system.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
We encourage time on topics and number of topics mastered.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Many students are excited to learn new topics.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Really use the small groups to reinforce learning on topic areas students specifically need help on.