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Metea Valley High School, Indian Prairie School District 204
Grade(s): 9 - 10
Scenario: Computer Lab
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: Varies
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week; 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1
Kim Weiersheuser, Teacher
ALEKS is a wonderful tool. I love that the students can get immediate help when they don't understand a question.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Low algebra scores.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We log in twice a week.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We have students work in the computer lab and at home.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As much as possible.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send out a letter.
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?
It is 20 percent.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is a participation grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I look at weekly progress.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are noticing that what we are learning in class are the same topics they are working on in ALEKS.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Stress the importance of how this is more practice!