ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

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The Classical Academy, Escondido Union School District
San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 7
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Special Education, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 180 hours per term

Misha Sumner, Teacher
ALEKS is fun and easy to use. The explanations are simple and creative, and help the students understand the answers.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The student was stressed out with having to work on math exercises that were boring and having textbook instructions that were hard to understand.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 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 student did ALEKS on his laptop.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, I let the student pick freely what area of the pie he wants to work on.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I instruct the student to do the homework with the help of his parents or a math tutor.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
As the teacher, I don't have to explain very much to the student because ALEKS is self-explanatory.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I encourage my students every day.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
The parents can take care of other things around the home and still be able to help the student while he is doing math exercises. The student doesn't feel the stress of having a parent looking over his shoulder.


Grading

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, about 45-60 minutes a day.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I grade the percentage of how much work has been done.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I require at least 30 percent of math, which is 30 minutes of math done each day.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The student has gotten much better at solving math; he has less anxiety and enjoys doing math more. When he does get stuck on a problem, he has access to the answer without the presence of a teacher. The student feels confident about his progress and is proud of what he has achieved.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
The student feels good that he can do the exercises independently.