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Glasgow Middle School, Glasgow Independent Schools
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: Intervention, Core Curriculum
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 15%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4.16 hours per week, 37.5 hours per term
Dennis M. Smith, Teacher
I was very impressed with ALEKS. ALEKS provides individualized learning while keeping the group together. The program had no preconceived notions - it took students from their current level in math, instead of assuming all students were the same.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Because my class was a pilot program, I had to overcome some inherited challenges that come with being the first program in the school.
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?
We actually turned a technology class into a math lab.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
We have one period in the morning, two in the late morning, and one in the latter part of the day.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Because it was a new program, ALEKS became the class; however, other teachers are currently using ALEKS as a supplement.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We encourage our students to work in ALEKS as often as possible at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
We make an effort to stay in contact with parents to provide them with their students' progress and show them research about how ALEKS has improved our students' skills.
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, but they are encouraged to work at home.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS counts for 70 percent, and the remaining 30 percent is compiled from their weekly scores and participation in the class.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Absolutely. They must maintain their progress or their grades will drop. Their actual progress is added onto the weekly "70" beginning point.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students are more apt to ask questions. Students feel excellent about their progress in ALEKS, or we would not have advanced the program to other classes.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
After using ALEKS, we did research to show if and how much the students' scores and ability improved. Approximately 85 percent of those tested with a pre-test and post-test improved.