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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Monnig Middle School, Fort Worth Independent School District
Fort Worth, TX

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 40%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Reginald Wheatfall, Teacher
I really like ALEKS because it recognizes what students do not understand.


Scenario

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?
90 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is an additional grade or assignment that I monitor weekly. If a student does not log in hours before Friday, our lab day, they cannot use the lab on that day.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
One day per week is dedicated to ALEKS.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I have not modified my teaching approach, but ALEKS has complemented my teaching approach.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students use it daily for 30 minutes.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send a letter and progress report home for signature. For students who do not return the report, I call their parents personally.


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?
ALEKS is a running homework assignment.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
Students get a grade for section completion.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Yes, I monitor student progress and email them through the program.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Many of my students are excited about ALEKS and like the idea of moving forward or completing their course. Their confidence has also been built up.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
The teacher must use the ALEKS program as a tool to encourage and achieve mathematical comprehension. Use the reports and require parent involvement.