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Ridgway Secondary School, Ridgway School District R-2
Grade(s): 6 - 12
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Special Education
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 75%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2-3 hours per week, 40 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)
Nicole Wilson, Special Education Paraprofessional
I am very impressed with the ALEKS program. I have a student who is not at grade level in math. She was pulled from the general classroom to work in the Resource Room on an individualized math curriculum in hopes of getting her skills closer to her grade level. ALEKS has been used in addition to other materials as a way to meet her skill level. I appreciate the fact that ALEKS is tailored to her specific skill level. She is able to work independently with little supervision and to log in from home if needed.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
It was a challenge to provide an appropriate grade-level math class for this individual.
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?
ALEKS is used for one Special Education student as a supplement to other math materials.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is used during the last 45 minutes of the class period.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
I encourage her to work in ALEKS 2-3 times per week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
The parents are aware of the program and how it is being used.
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 all of her homework for math class.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I use the worksheets as a way to grade the student. If she completes the homework, she gets a grade for effort, and then the homework is graded.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have used ALEKS with one student only. She has improved her skills in math significantly. It's possible that she may be able to participate in the appropriate grade level for math next year. The student is pleased with her progress.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I would encourage teachers to be aware of how much students are completing within the program. I also think it's important to check in with the students regularly to see if they understand the concepts. It's important to know if they need any other form of explanation in addition to ALEKS' explanation of the concept.