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Wabeno High School, Wabeno School District
Grade(s): 7 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1-1.5 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Algebra 1
Barbara Grobarchik, Title VII Instructional Aide
I use ALEKS as a supplemental tool to raise my students' state test scores, and have found that the hands-on aspect of ALEKS is very well received, especially among my high school students. I incorporate ALEKS into our regular classroom activities approximately 20-45 minutes per session, and find ALEKS quite capable of retaining the attention of the younger grade school students in my class. They have experience with previous supplemental programs, but are much more responsive to the ALEKS style and format. The quiz and worksheet features allow me to supplement their work if I feel they have not had enough practice in a particular area, along with the pie chart, which allows me to accurately measure their progress in order to provide a more individualized learning experience.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
I think the most difficult challenge prior to ALEKS was that my students had no fundamental knowledge. They were entering the world of ALEKS without the most basic skills.
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?
I use ALEKS primarily as a supplemental tool, and adjust the levels of study based upon the students' latest test scores and ability.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No. I find that the when the student has the option to pick and choose which piece of the pie they work on, they are empowered and motivated by the control it offers them.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
My situation calls for me to take a student out of class or study hall.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As our program is supplemental, they are not often required to work with ALEKS at home; however, I have encouraged home use.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I sent a letter out to the parents detailing the features of ALEKS and how to access it, as well as encouraging students to use the program at home.
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?
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No, I focus on positive reinforcement and try to consistently encourage them by emphasizing the number of lessons they've completed and celebrating high quiz scores. Ultimately, I am using ALEKS to increase their state test scores and motivate them to be more comfortable with math.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My main goal of increasing test scores has had positive results. All in all, the students are delighted with their progress and appreciate seeing it visually with the aid of the pie chart. QuickTables is a huge hit, especially with games as incentives. Students really enjoy seeing their pies fill up and watching their progress, all of which helps them cultivate a more favorable view of math.