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Parkside Intermediate School, Westlake City Schools
Grade(s): 5 - 6
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: RtI, Intervention, Improve State Test Scores
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 25-35%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 0.25 - 0.3 hours per week, 21-28 hours per term
Verlene Bowen DeWitt, Teacher
ALEKS is used by my math students in my intervention classes. I really like the part of the program where students can chart their growth on their pie. The periodic assessments and the fact that the standards covered by our state's math test are available for students to practice with the click of a mouse make ALEKS such a wonderful program.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Low test scores on the state achievement test were a challenge we faced.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
1 day per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I usually follow my district's curriculum map.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I use other materials, and students alternate working on the computer in ALEKS.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have maintained and am able to teach more materials because of the mastery that students have gained from doing ALEKS in intervention class.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As much as they desire.
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?
No, ALEKS is not part of homework.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I look at students' pies and assign them which concepts to work on. Then I look at their pies to see how that section is filling in.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
My students print their pies each time they complete their periodic assessments. Because the program provides the Explain button for problems, students have learned how to review and master concepts independently. Additionally, they have gained confidence in their ability to reason out a problem and to verbalize to the teacher exactly what is preventing them from mastering a concept. It has increased their concept in math and built upon their math fluency.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
This program does build success.