# Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.

Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista Unified School District
Vista, CA

Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Exit Exam
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25-35%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 16-20 hours per term

Linda Van Solkema, Teacher
I am pleased with the opportunity for individualized learning that ALEKS provides; each student can progress more quickly. Students can't passively sit through class; they are able to learn at their appropriate level.

Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was difficult trying to teach such a wide range of student abilities which resulted in me teaching to the middle of the class; the strongest students were bored and the weakest students gave up. However, in ALEKS, each student is given different problems that best meet their individual needs.

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?
60 minutes.

Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) class that I teach uses ALEKS 1-2 times per week, so ALEKS comprises 25-35% of the curriculum. The students individually work on their ALEKS pie in the library lab. On non-ALEKS days, we work through five modules preparing for the CAHSEE. For my Algebra 2 classes, some students use ALEKS to supplement their learning. I use ALEKS for warm-ups using my projector.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students work individually on topics in any order they choose.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
On block periods consisting of two hour classes, I teach the first hour using the five module curriculum prescribed for CAHSEE classes. During the second hour of the class, students work on ALEKS in the library lab. On alternating Fridays, the students once again visit the ALEKS library lab.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I assign time with ALEKS as homework; students have minimal homework outside of ALEKS.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
One hour per week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We present ALEKS at back-to-school nights and send newsletters 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?
Yes, 30 percent.