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Springboro Junior High School, Springboro Community City School District
Grade(s): 7 - 8
Scenario: Laptop Carts
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 90%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4 hours per week, 40 hours per term
ALEKS Course: RtI 7, MS RtI Tier 3, Middle School Math Course 2
Amy Woods, Teacher
It has been great using this program with our two-day math students. These are students who have failed the math portion of the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) and have multiple gaps in their learning. In the past, it was very difficult to remediate a classroom full of students when their gaps were so different. With the ALEKS program, students can work at their own pace, fill their own gaps, and enjoy seeing their pie pieces grow. I have seen struggling students gain math confidence. They are finally getting math and doing better in the regular math class.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students had low OAA scores. We are excited to see their scores come out this summer to know how they have improved.
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?
Students are enrolled in a second math class that works to remediate math skills.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students grab the laptops at the beginning of the class, log in, and get started. They work independently for the most part.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I feel like I have a better grasp of where my students' gaps are and how to help them.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We have not done anything for this.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
It is not because it is used as an intervention.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I usually reward them with a piece of candy for each pie piece they complete, but I didn't require any amount each week.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
I have seen my struggling students gain math confidence. They really enjoy seeing their pie pieces grow. They are finally getting math and doing better in the regular math class. One student even commented that he felt like he learned the most this year because we used ALEKS every day.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I like that we created the extra intervention class that uses ALEKS.