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Memorial Middle School, Fitchburg Public Schools
Grade(s): 5 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 5%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 12 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2
Patricia McCormack, Teacher
I find ALEKS to be a great tool for my students who need basic skills practice that cannot be afforded in a classroom of 30 students. Students using the program have shown an increase in confidence in basic skills such as operation use and fractions. There is a sense of "I can do this" when students are given tasks that use the skills practiced in ALEKS. Many students look forward to getting their turn to practice on ALEKS.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students were not able to receive the regular, specific support needed to build or address lacking skills.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
At our school, at-risk students are given ALEKS accounts to work with.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Currently, students use the program to address basic grade level advances.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is utilized outside of the general class time.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have made a concerted effort to assess achievement by having students using the program show what they can do. I also direct specific questions to assess comprehension.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students do not use ALEKS at home since they utilize the program at school.
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?
No, it is not used for homework.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
This program is graded as a special class, similar to how physical education and art are graded at our school.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Currently, students are required to make regular time commitments to the program.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students using the program have shown an increase in confidence in basic skills such as operation use and fractions. There is a sense of "I can do this" when students are given tasks that use the skills practiced in ALEKS.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I have found that having students advocate for more accounts and time to use the program is an amazing practice to improve and encourage the motivation and confidence for our students.