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Spc. Rafael Hernando III Middle School, Socorro Independent School District
El Paso, TX
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 13.5 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2
Terrence Hansby, Teacher
ALEKS provides me with a complete overview of my students' math skills. It provides a guide to what areas students are really weak in, which helps with classroom instruction. ALEKS provides a real-time view of students' growth. The data provided by ALEKS allows students to see their weak areas and gives them a guide of what they need to accomplish next. ALEKS also provides me with a faster tool in which to advance my skills.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Before ALEKS, classes relied on regular classroom work at the pace of slower students. With ALEKS, students work at their own pace and have time for more one-on-one time with troublesome tasks.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-3 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We take problems from ALEKS and use them in the classroom for reinforcement
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We focus on students' strengths and then on their weaknesses.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Our classes are broken into 90 minute periods, 2-3 day a week. We spend half the period on ALEKS and the other half on another designed curriculum.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS has allowed for more one-on-one instruction, due to student pace.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Every day; however, due to their socio-economics, most of our students can only work on ALEKS at school.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are briefed about ALEKS and its potential. Some parents also receive demonstrations on the product.
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 use quiz scores and assessment growth when incorporating ALEKS into my grading system.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I suggest students try to finish every topic opened by focusing that topic and not skipping around.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are more confident, and after seeing their pies grow, they are more motivated to do more. Students also feel good about themselves after being able to see their growth, rather than just hear how they are doing.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
When using ALEKS, try to make it as challenging and fun for students as possible. Also utilize the QuickTables games when possible to keep students in an arena that they are used to. Challenge them by keeping their QuickTables time both short and rewarding.