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North Lakes Academy Middle School, North Lakes Academy District
Forest Lake, MN
Grade(s): 5 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: At-Risk Students, Supplement
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week, 20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), RtI 7, Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra
Shannon Froberg, Teacher
We use ALEKS as a supplement for our struggling students. Most of the students really enjoy doing ALEKS. They like seeing their pies fill in, and are excited and proud of themselves as they progress.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We struggled to meet the needs of students who were at many different levels.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We have identified students in jeopardy of not doing well on state testing. These students have a guided study once a day and use ALEKS twice a week to improve their math skills. We also have time set aside three days a week for these students.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No, students can pick which area of their pie they want to work on.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students have afterschool access, as well as home and study hall time.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have not.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students work on ALEKS from home twice a week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We send letters home to parents informing them of the program.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS is not a part of a student's grade.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Most of the students really enjoy doing ALEKS. They like seeing their pies fill in, and are excited and proud of themselves as they progress.