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Julian Charter School, Julian Union Elementary School District
Grade(s): K - 12
Scenario: Home Access
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per week, 25 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra
Dana Stenzel, Educational Facilitator
I have several students who use ALEKS to boost their comprehension of certain skills. All of them are really increasing their knowledge of the mathematical concepts. They are encouraged when they see their pie filling up and know that they are making progress to master the concepts.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
The students that I've been referring to have been struggling particularly with fractions and decimals.
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?
My students are homeschooled, and they use ALEKS to supplement their regular materials.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
My students are homeschooled.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
My students are homeschooled. Each parent modifies their schedule in a different way.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Five days a week.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
My students' parents are completely responsible for making sure their children follow up with the program as they are the Parent Teacher.
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?
Yes, 50 percent.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It varies with each student.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen one student finish the grade level behind, and move into and through the content for the current grade level. My students are thrilled with their progress. They feel like they have accomplished a great deal of learning.