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Wellpinit School, Wellpinit School District
Grade(s): 9 - 12
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 180 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Arithmetic (with QuickTables)
Dottie Marchand, Teacher
I am very amazed at the quality of this math program. My students are engaged, and if I am not there to help them, they can get help just by clicking a button to explain how to solve the problem. I have seen students go from a low increase in lessons mastered to learning how to complete math problems. It also meets our state standards which is very important to our school. I would highly recommend this program to parents or school districts wanting to raise their math scores.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
There was no curriculum that met the needs of students who were on different levels in their understanding of basic math and advanced math. Also, the majority of students had no mastery of their multiplication tables and had to use a cheat sheet to locate the answers.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We use ALEKS for our low end alternative students. They start off in the basic program, so nobody knows what grade level they are doing; this also makes it more customizable to their ability.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We start with the basics, and as they progress, they can move around their pies.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We have no class periods but appoint times a student comes into our program to do their work for 2-3 hours a week. Some of our students or our distance learners get on ALEKS whenever they can during the week. I monitor their time and days they log on from the main school.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
If they still do not understand how to solve the problem after selecting help, then I will sit down with the student and apply the concept to an everyday event that makes a connection for him or her to understand.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Whenever they have the opportunity to log on.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We don't since they are on individual schedules.
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?
Time is ten percent, lessons are 15 percent, lesson mastery is 30 percent, and assessments are 45 percent.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, we require regular progress if it is the only course the student is enrolled in. We measure progress by time logged on and lessons mastered.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen students go from a low increase in lessons mastered to learning how to complete math problems. They are in competition to complete their pies before school is out for the summer.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
QuickTables has been a big benefit to our at-risk students; they have been retaining their multiplication facts and are able to solve problems that need recall of multiplication tables.