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Rockland District Middle School, Regional School Unit 13
Grade(s): 5 - 7
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 72 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3
Douglas Crossley, Teacher
I have used ALEKS for enhancing instruction for some of my math students who need additional instruction beyond what is being offered in the classroom. I have also used it to supplement the math instruction in class for the rest of the students so that they may work at their own pace.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The challenges we faced were to provide students with enrichment activities in math.
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?
I use it as enrichment for gifted and talented students. I use it also for advanced topics once we complete the school curriculum.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I try to parallel the existing curriculum.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I set aside 20 to 30 minutes per day.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Not much change.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged to work at home regularly.
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, computer access at home is an issue.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We have yet to decide this.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
All but one of my math students has shown improved test scores. The one who did not was already scoring in the top one percent of the country. The students like seeing their progress over time.