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Palmer Junior Middle School, Matanuska-Susitna School District
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 18 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2
Susan Dunham, Teacher
ALEKS has been a great program for my students. They enjoy using the program and are excited as they fill up their ALEKS Pie.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Test scores were not as high as we'd like them to be.
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?
We selected students who had an interest in math, and used ALEKS as a supplement for them.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
It is a computer lab setting. Students come in, log on, and get to work.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We encourage it some of the time, especially if a student is absent from school.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We notify parents only when a student fails to complete topics or when they have completely finished the course.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Time on topic is 50 percent of the grade and topics covered is 50 percent.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I use an average of what the class accomplished with ALEKS during the grading period, and then compare the student's rate to the rest of the class.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students have a better understanding of the math they learn in class. Overall, students like ALEKS! There is a big class celebration every time a student finishes the grade level. We also celebrate each time students fill in a piece of their ALEKS Pie.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Try and do the program yourself, so when students have questions, you have already previewed them.