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Falcon Bluffs Middle School, Jefferson County Public Schools
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 2%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 12 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1
Christine Flanders Sund, Teacher
Last year we had 60 students working twice a week with ALEKS for math remediation. This year we are using our 60 ALEKS accounts to help strengthen the knowledge of our advanced students. My eighth grade Geometry students are expected to work in ALEKS about two hours a week, with a final goal of at least 75 percent completion of the course.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our two-year advanced students were stumbling when they hit Algebra 2. We believe it is a lack of basic Algebra 1 skills. Before ALEKS, students simply had to retake the course.
How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is an at-home remediation of Algebra 1 for the advanced students in Geometry.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I don't cover the topics in a particular order.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
ALEKS is an at-home remediation for advanced students. We do not use it in the classroom because we don't have the technology. I have set a percentage goal rather than a time goal for the students.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I didn't really modify my teaching. However, I do check class competency on Algebraic concepts to help determine the class' readiness for certain concepts.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged to work at least two hours per week at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Often students are in advanced classes because their parents really wanted them in an advanced class. Parents are grateful to have a way to monitor their student's knowledge of Algebra and help prevent the retaking of Algebra 1.
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 about half of the students' homework load, or 50 percent.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
To encourage activity in ALEKS, I put several work habit grades into the grade book early on. It is never more than ten percent of the grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I use the detailed progress history report and the time breakdowns to monitor progress.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My Geometry students took an end-of-the-year Algebra exam last year to decide whether they would move on to Geometry. Only six passed, so they've been using ALEKS to prevent having to retake Algebra 1. ALEKS is working for 90 percent of the students. Some of the students are happy to have the chance to continue their advanced placement in math.