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Upson-Lee High School, Thomaston-Upson School System
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, Core Curriculum, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 60%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2-3 hours per week, 18-25 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Foundations of High School Math
Angela Short, Math Department Chairperson
This is my first year using the ALEKS program, although it is the second year of implementation at my school. ALEKS is used in the Math I and Math II support classes. The program is great for filling in the missing gaps of our students. Because ALEKS is an individualized program, each student is working on what he/she needs and receives instant feedback. The reward system we implemented also contributes to the success of the program. The students use ALEKS in the computer lab on Monday and Wednesday, and work in the classroom on Tuesday and Thursday with review/preview. Friday is the reward day for those students who have met their daily goals. Students who do not meet their goals continue to work on ALEKS on Friday.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Lack of motivation in the classroom.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-3 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
As a supplement to the Math I and II support classes.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
The students use ALEKS two days a week, with classroom instruction and review/preview two days a week. One day a week I have a Reward Day. Students who do not reach their goal work on ALEKS three days a week.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Teaching is more individualized to student needs.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As often as needed to "catch up."
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 homework assignments.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is 50 percent of their grade, and classroom assignments are the other 50 percent.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes. Progress is measured by the number of concepts completed each day. The concepts are determined by the rate of learning and progress reports.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Our graduation scores in math improved this year, and I feel that using ALEKS in the Math II support class last year helped the students. The students feel great about their progress; they work hard each week to reach their goals and can't wait to shout out, "I made my goal!"
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Incorporate manipulatives with the program.