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Tiospa Zina Tribal School, Independent
Agency Village, SD
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: One-to-One Laptop Program
Purpose: Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 6%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: PreCalculus
Jack Laemmle, Teacher
ALEKS is used in the classroom for PreCalculus. ALEKS provides immediate reinforcement and great explanations.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Providing a differentiated curriculum for students after Algebra 2.
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?
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
All classroom time is focused on completing the pie chart.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I let ALEKS do everything; this is differentiated instruction. If a student is having trouble understanding an explanation or solving a problem, then I will assist with finding the solution.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Most of our students live in rural poverty and Internet is not always available at home, so we use the ALEKS worksheets for homework.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I explain to parents how ALEKS can differentiate instruction and build up those skills that are needed.
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?
I currently grade based upon class participation which includes the amount of time each week that I expect students to be working on their individual pie charts.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I consider this an individual program. Some students have progressed further than others but progress is expected with all students. I use the Advanced Teacher Module and track their time, assessments, and mastery.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students like the program. It gives them good explanations, immediate feedback to answers, and they can work at their own pace. From my observation and tracking their assessments, I know they are learning new concepts they have never seen before.