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Galt Adventist Christian School, Private
Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3-5 hours per week, 30 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Arithmetic (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3
Janice Deibel, Principal/Teacher
I find the ALEKS program to be an exciting addition to my math program. I teach grades 3-8, so I initially purchased ALEKS as a learning center activity to occupy students while they wait for instruction time. I am so pleased with the way it helps students who use it consistently. It is exciting to have them come to class where I am teaching a new concept and hear them say, "Oh, I know how to do this. I already did it on ALEKS." It gives students confidence with new material. I find that it cuts down on the amount of time I spend re-teaching or pre-teaching to students who didn't understand a concept. I am also thrilled with the way it challenges my gifted students and keeps them engaged and learning. One student completed four levels of math on ALEKS this school year!!
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Since I teach six grades in my classroom, it has always been a challenge to get in every grade's instruction each day and still give individual assistance when needed. ALEKS is a lifesaver for me this year.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
2-3 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
I assign students to work on ALEKS each night as homework.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, I try to have students start on the number concepts section of their pie, then move counter-clockwise around the pie.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I use ALEKS for students who are not in my instructional group at the time. For instance, I have fifth graders do ALEKS while seventh graders do their assignment and eighth graders receive instruction from me. Older students help younger ones with ALEKS when I am teaching.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I do a lot more individual instruction because of ALEKS.
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?
I spend time explaining the program to parents, and require them to sign homework folders each day telling me the amount of time their child spends on ALEKS.
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 makes up about 33 percent of my students' homework responsibilities.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I count it as I do all homework assignments. They receive points every time they spend the assigned amount of time on ALEKS.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I did not but may next year.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I spend less time re-teaching concepts to individual students. Students are already acquainted with many concepts when they are taught in class because they have already done it on ALEKS. Several students were able to complete two or more grade levels of ALEKS during this school year. Students who have used the program as assigned have been thrilled with their progress. Those who have not used it regularly are still excited when they come to something new in class that they have already learned on ALEKS.