View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.
Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, Jefferson County School District
Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: RtI, Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 18 hours per term
ALEKS Course: RtI 6, RtI 7
Jonelle Castleberry, Teacher
We have only been using ALEKS for a few weeks. So far, I love it. The students are starting to see their pie charts grow and are becoming increasingly motivated. We are using it as an intervention piece for our struggling learners at the middle school. Most students come into the program with a negative attitude, but after a couple of weeks, attitudes are changing. I have seen students master concepts at a quicker pace than they would if they were working with traditional paper and pencil.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We have a rather above average population, so the struggling learners seem to slip between the cracks. Our school moved away from another math program a couple of years ago, so several learners never got to understand basic math facts and concepts. This made it very difficult for them when they hit middle school and were expected to understand Algebra concepts.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
It has been implemented as a supplemental program.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students are allowed to work at their own pace and choose their own topics.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We are currently using ALEKS as a "forced elective" intervention class. Students attend an ALEKS session three times a week instead of an elective class. We meet in the computer lab. Each student is required to complete two hours a week. They need to spend a little more time on ALEKS at home in order to meet the two hour requirement.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I did not modify my regular teaching approach, since it is not used in the regular classroom.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
They need to complete about 30 minutes a week at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Our parent organization is sponsoring this program; they paid the subscription fees. Parents are notified if their child was selected 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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We do not. ALEKS is a supplemental program.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
They are required to complete two hours a week. If it is not completed, they do not receive their Friday free time in the middle school commons. Right now, we are only looking at minutes spent on ALEKS per week. We wanted to start small and have the kids feel successful.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Most students come into the program with a negative attitude, but after a couple of weeks, attitudes are changing. Several of them who spent some time at home working on ALEKS come in excited. They are also starting to feel better about their own pie chart as they watch it fill in. I have seen students master concepts at a quicker pace than they would if they were working with traditional paper and pencil.