ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

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Lovejoy Middle School, Clayton County Public Schools
Hampton, GA

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, At-Risk Students, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 30%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week, 9 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), RtI 6, RtI 7, RtI 8, Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Therick Mosely, Teacher
ALEKS helps my students learn in a way that promotes curiosity as they use the interactive tools to help them make important connections during their learning process.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Some students arrived at our school lacking the necessary background knowledge needed to be successful in math.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
20 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
I include ALEKS in my students' independent time.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes, I base it on my curricular map.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students work on their ALEKS Pie and complete a short quiz.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I had to ensure that I included time for students to work on their ALEKS Pie so that they could keep track of their growth.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged to work in ALEKS three times a week.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents receive information that educates them on the importance of ALEKS.


Grading

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, it is 20 percent of their homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS counts for 20 percent of their grade.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Progress is measured on the growth of their ALEKS Pie and their quizzes.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students have cleared up many misconceptions that they may have had about certain math topics. Students like ALEKS because of the many tools that are available to them. They also like it when I send them teacher messages about their performance.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Using the ALEKS Message Center is a great way to keep students motivated about their learning.