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Anaheim High School, Anaheim High School Union District
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1, California Algebra 1
Lilian Nguyen, Teacher
I like how ALEKS allows students to explore different topics in math. Moreover, the program explains how to solve the problems to students when students don't know how to solve it. This allows students to learn how to work on similar problems by themselves.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We needed to fill in the gaps of our lower achieving students. Many of these students did not know their basic concepts prior to Algebra. ALEKS allows us to build a strong foundation for these students.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1 day per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
After teaching a lesson in Algebra and Mathematics, students use ALEKS to practice more problems to enhance their comprehension.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I allow my students to work on any topic that they are familiar with or know how to solve.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Each student has a computer along with paper and pencils to work with. Moreover, the peer tutors and I walk around the computer lab to help students with problems.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
After teaching a lesson in Algebra, I encourage students to work on these sections prior to working on the other topics in their pie chart.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I encourage my students to work on ALEKS at home; however, most of these students come from a low income family. Therefore, they don't have access to the Internet at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
From Back-to-School Night and Open House, every parent is informed about ALEKS and is given instruction on how to help their child at home to improve their understanding in mathematics.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Working in ALEKS and improvement shown on their monthly assessments consist of 33 percent of their grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, students are required to improve their percent growth at the end of each section. Moreover, students are required to improve on their assessments.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students understand a concept better after they've had lots of practice on similar problems. Students are actively engaged and want to learn how to do the problems.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Teachers need to walk around and monitor students' progress at all times. This encourages students to really learn the content and gives students more confidence when you are around.