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Glenbard North High School, Glenbard High School District 87
Carol Stream, IL
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: Computer Lab, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 20-30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra, Foundations of High School Math, High School Preparation for Algebra 1, Algebra 1
Brad Mitchell, Department Chair
We piloted the ALEKS program and decided to implement it with our Extended Algebra classes as well as with our Special Education and transfer students who seem to be behind. We like the fact that students have to understand the material instead of just randomly guessing in order to make progress in the program. Every student whom we've had use the program has made progress.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We have issues with students, especially our at-risk freshmen, lacking the basic skills that they should have come into the school with.
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?
This year was our trial; next year, a class of students will regularly go to the computer lab and spend the period working in ALEKS on their basic skills. If students are making great progress, we will allow them to move forward and learn new material through the program.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We have students complete a pre-test for Algebra, and then students make progress from there.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Since we use it with our Extended Algebra class, which is two periods long, one period is spent in the classroom and the other period is spent using ALEKS.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We haven't had a chance to modify it yet, but as we get more comfortable and have a better understanding of how to use ALEKS, I can see how it could change our teaching approach.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
So far, not very often, but we will likely have students work on it at home more.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Currently we don't.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
We have seen students make progress in their basic skills even as they are learning new material in class. Students like to see that they are making progress and can visually see their progress through their pie.