# Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.

Ishi Hills Middle School, Oroville City Elementary School District
Oroville, CA

Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: At-Risk Students, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 85%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.66-7 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra

Ken Petlock, Teacher
I just completed my third year using ALEKS as a vital component to mathematics instruction for middle and high school math courses. ALEKS provides a revolutionary new pathway for students and teachers to travel down as we use this amazing technology tool to deliver an incredibly robust learning environment in mathematics. ALEKS has completely changed how I approach teaching and learning mathematics.

Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Upon arrival into a temporary teaching assignment several months into the school year, half of my approximately 80 math students were receiving a failing grade on their first progress reports. Acceptance by my colleagues and administration to a new program was also lukewarm. However, interest in ALEKS began to build as evidence of student interest, motivation, and achievement began to emerge. Further evidence of student learning and achievement also emerged at the end of the school year when students who had used ALEKS scored significantly higher on an Algebra readiness test.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4-5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
40-85 minutes.

Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS was piloted as new program upon my arrival as a temporary teacher. Because I had used ALEKS in prior teaching assignments, I was allowed to proceed with the program. I used district and state adopted textbooks for some whole class lessons, and used an ALEKS curriculum for small groups and one-on-one instruction.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
I have used both the textbook-aligned and ALEKS syllabi.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
I use data from ALEKS reports, in conjunction with my overall observation of student productivity of on-task behavior, to create whole class lessons, small group instruction, or one-on-one help on an as needed basis.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS has completely changed my approach to mathematics instruction. ALEKS has the ability to create an ongoing Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for each student. I use ALEKS assessments, in conjunction with other assessments, to identify what a student is ready to learn and then focus on moving the student forward from that point. I continue to use ongoing multiple assessments to evaluate current student progress and to steer ongoing instruction.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are constantly encouraged to use ALEKS at home, and before/after school during computer lab time. Students are told that any topics mastered outside the daily assignment (usually three topics) are counted as extra credit.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Any time I have an opportunity to have a face-to-face, telephone, or email conversation, I heavily promote strategic parental involvement.

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?
I do not assign ALEKS as homework, because not all of my students have a computer or access to the Internet at home.