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Travis Ranch School, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Yorba Linda, CA
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, After-School, Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 26 hours per term
Suzanne Borgese, RSP Teacher
My overall experience has been very positive from basic inquiry to subscription purchase to student use and progress. ALEKS is a user-friendly, engaging, results oriented web-based interactive math tutorial. I am pleased with my students' progress, many whom are at-risk or have special needs. My students have been more engaged in math practice and have improved their math skills.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The challenge that is always faced when trying to teach at-risk learners, is winning their buy in and engagement.
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?
ALEKS is used as a reinforcement tool.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
It varies. We follow the scope and sequence of the adopted textbook, but at the same time I let the students chose the area they need to work on based on their pie charts.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I am fortunate enough to have access to enough computers for students to access the program during a dedicated class period once a week and as appropriate when their classwork is complete. My students also access ALEKS from home.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
As a class, we use the pie charts to identify strengths and weaknesses.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
My students are required to access the program once a week and are encouraged to use it twice a week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send emails to parents weekly and post resources on my website.
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?
ALEKS is 12 percent of homework assignments.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
The use of ALEKS on the weekends results in extra credit.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I require students to participate on a regular basis.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I am pleased with my students' progress, many whom are at-risk or have special needs. Working with an interactive, web-based program provides the precise environment that many diverse learners require for engagement. My students have been more engaged in math practice and have improved their math skills.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I reiterate that ALEKS is a privilege; I calibrate the students about expectations such as no talking during sessions and pursuing portions of the pies that are relative weaknesses.