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Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln Public Schools
Grade(s): K - 12
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), PreCalculus, AP Statistics (Quantitative)
Joan Jacobs, Administrator of Gifted Programs
My overall experience with ALEKS has been positive. The interface for the students is fabulous!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our major challenge is how to appropriately deal with gifted students who can anticipate the lessons and outpace other students.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We use ALEKS in various capacities, whether it is to support teachers whose students are falling behind or to challenge students who are ahead.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Outside of the classroom, we typically let students choose the order.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
As an administrator, I do not structure class periods.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have created a grant to pay for ALEKS that community members and parents can sponsor. Additionally, we send home a letter whenever a student has been recommended for the program.
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?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Our gifted students are much happier, and feel great about the program.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS empowers students with choice, which is an extremely important motivating factor.