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Stockbridge Middle School, Henry County Schools
Grade(s): 6 - 7
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 50%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5 hours per week, 45 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
Wynona Jenkins, Teacher
As a teacher of Students with Disabilities (SWD), I have seen our students use ALEKS and gain the skills and knowledge they need to pass math class, pass to the next grade level of math, and pass the state mandated standardized test in math! The students gain confidence in math and, therefore, are more eager to learn. Last year, we opened ALEKS to students in the regular education classes if their parents paid the subscription fee. The results were incredible. We have more and more parents interested in getting ALEKS for their student once they hear of their friends' students passing math with greater levels of achievement. I recommend ALEKS to every parent I meet with, and I encourage ALL of our students to talk to their parents about it.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students lacked confidence and would not seek help in any form. They weren't even trying in many cases.
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?
It began with students with disabilities. They had a specific time of each school day to report to the ALEKS lab and work under teacher supervision. Two years ago, we added an ALEKS class as part of the Connections classes, and students reported there daily. These students were put in the class based on state test scores and math grades, as well as teacher recommendation or parent request.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
When we do, we do it according to what is being covered in the curriculum plan. We usually let them work individually, and all students keep an ALEKS journal.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Our school has an allotted time for ALEKS, and we reward students who show proof that they have used it at home.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Using the ALEKS data, we would use manipulatives when we saw a need for this intervention.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
DAILY! Even on weekends, breaks, and holidays.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
By showing our data since our first year of using the ALEKS 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?
Urged with rewards for improvement or gains.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
This is left up to each teacher. Some count it in with homework, some as a project grade. Some give points for QuickTables.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Data (progress) is monitored weekly or even more often. A visible chart is maintained for students to feel the need to compete. Prizes are awarded.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Simply put, students who previously struggled were able to pass grade level math. Students feel proud and confident!
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
ALEKS only works with consistent use!