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Frazer School District 2-2B
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20-30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-2 hours per week, 40-50 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra, High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1
Carroll James DeCoteau, Teacher
The ALEKS experience has been very positive. I was able to place my students in the program according to ability. The students enjoy using the computer and are pleased when they see steady progress through the program. As a result, all of my students have shown an improvement and some have excelled beyond their grade level.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We faced poor test scores, students who would not stay engaged, students with low math skills and knowledge of basic facts, and a low desire to excel in the classroom.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS as both an intervention and a way to address the needs of my gifted and talented students.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, I have my students placed in several different levels in the ALEKS program.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Two thirds of the class is a general math class and one third is dedicated to ALEKS.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS addresses the individual needs of students which frees me up to teach the grade level concepts required by the district.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I encourage the students to use the system at home. Unfortunately, Frazer is a high poverty, rural area and many of the students do not have access to computers outside of school.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
During parent teacher conferences, I use the ALEKS reports section as a visual display for the parent to examine.
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?
No, students have limited access outside of school.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I have several students that are either homebound or identified as special needs students. I can use ALEKS to address their needs and program the system for grading purposes.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, I encourage students to work at a pace that is comfortable for them.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My student who is the farthest behind has demonstrated a desire to work on the computer, and if given the choice, would choose the ALEKS program over the general classroom curriculum. My best student started at the eighth grade level and reached above the 50 percent level in Algebra 1. The students enjoy using the computer and are pleased when they see steady progress through the program.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Check progress often and constantly encourage students to perform at the level they are capable of so they go beyond their comfort level.