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Springside School, Private
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: Supplement, At-Risk Students
Time Spent in ALEKS: Varies
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1
Sara L. Mastros, Teacher
We use ALEKS to review students' eighth grade Algebra 1 content in our ninth grade Geometry class to help them progress to tenth grade Algebra II. It has been very successful, particularly with some students who have difficulties learning in a traditional classroom setting. Students are required to spend one hour per week with ALEKS, and can receive a small amount of extra credit for additional hours.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
With our one-to-one laptop program.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
The students select the order they would like to review the material.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The only time the students use ALEKS in class is if they finish a test, quiz, or other assignment early.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
One hour per week is required, with extra credit for extra work.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send home letters at the beginning of the program, and we include it in our quarterly comments.
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, about one-fifth.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Not at all.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No. We require an amount of time rather than an amount of progress.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students like ALEKS very much. Some of them are very competitive about how fast that can fill up their pies. They seem more comfortable with the reviewed material, without us having to spend much class time on it.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Allowing the students to listen to music while they work seems to help them stay focused for longer periods of time.