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Western Junior High School, Western Community Unit School District #12
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 60 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, California Algebra 1
Tammie Branham, Teacher
I have a student in the gifted program who has accelerated his learning in math with ALEKS. We have a small school and are unable to provide high level math classes for a few students. ALEKS has been a blessing for the student. He loves taking control of his own learning and seeing how far he can go in math. He must be talking about it to the other students because I have gotten several calls from other parents wanting their child to have access to the program as well.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our challenge was figuring out what to do with the students who needed more math classes, and how to help with math readiness for the below level students.
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?
Our guidance counselor asked me to do this program.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students come in, log in to ALEKS, and get started. If they need help, they raise their hand.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I didn't modify anything.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We currently do not require this.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We first called the parent in for an interview and explained the program. Interest was developed, and the student began the program. I inform the parent of the student's progress.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Currently I do not.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I do not require them to make regular amounts of progress. I do however walk over to check to see if they are making progress and encourage them.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have a sixth grade student who has not been in school since the third grade. The program has helped me to see where the student was academically and to help him understand key concepts. My gifted student has far surpassed my expectations and has jumped two grade levels. Students feel excellent about their progress.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Letting them work at their own pace works best for my students, with encouraging words and extra help with lower-level students.