Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.

Goshen Middle School, Goshen Community Schools
Goshen, IN

Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Home Access
Purpose: RtI, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week, 30 hours per term

Theresa Hussey, Teacher
To put it simply, I love ALEKS. I use it in an Algebra Honors class and students are so motivated to learn. Advanced students have the opportunity to move on as soon as they master a topic, and don't get bored while I work with other students that need a bit more help. My class now feels that the state algebra exam is easy. ALEKS includes great application problems, and not just drills. I have also implemented ALEKS in another class where I hold mini-lectures. I split the class into two groups; one is taught new curriculum, while the other works on ALEKS RtI courses. The students feel a sense of accomplishment and are catching up after years of being left behind. Students feel good about themselves and this gives them the mindset that they can learn, which is a great classroom climate to teach in. One day I had a game day and many students asked to go on ALEKS. Many told me that day, "I feel more ready for high school." That proves that students want to learn.

Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our biggest challenge was engaging students and passing the state exam. Students also had trouble understanding numbers, fractions, and decimals.

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?
30 minutes.

Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I use ALEKS with a textbook and choose corresponding topics in the program.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I cover topics in the same order as the textbook.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
In my Algebra 1 class, students get access to the lab to work on ALEKS once or twice a week; I also assign topics for homework.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have more flexibility. If I see that students understand a learning goal, I send them to ALEKS. This gives me a chance to re-teach certain concepts. I also work with students on ALEKS to re-teach topics. The quizzes also help me with formative assessments.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are required to work from home one hour per week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send a letter home to parents offering time to work on ALEKS before school for those who do not have computer access at home.

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 33 percent of a student's homework.