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Highmeadow Common Campus, Farmington Public Schools
Farmington Hills, MI
Grade(s): K - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom, Online School
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Supplement
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 20%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week; 10-20 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra Readiness, Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry, PreCalculus, Trigonometry, AP Statistics (Quantitative)
Kathleen Casterline, Technology Integration Specialist
ALEKS is great for providing immediate feedback, individualized instruction, remediation, and acceleration....I have been using ALEKS with our advanced math students for the past two years. I have students in fourth and fifth grade working on math concepts and skills from the high school curriculum. When new concepts are introduced during our teacher contact lessons, students quite often say, "I learned that in ALEKS!" In addition, former students and their parents have commented to me that the ALEKS program was very beneficial to them and that we should continue to support its use.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Prior to using ALEKS, we struggled with a clear process for how to accelerate students and meet their individual needs. ALEKS provides this much needed individual instructional model.
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?
How do you implement ALEKS?
Students are selected to participate in the advanced math course.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
The topics are arranged so that students progress through each grade level sequentially.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
All students in the advanced math course use ALEKS as their instruction one day a week.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
ALEKS has allowed me to modify my curriculum by eliminating topics that are covered by the program. Students are able to test-out of the classroom curriculum and move forward. In addition, I can go further than ever before!
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are encouraged to use ALEKS daily.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
Parents are very supportive of the program and even have their children work on it during their vacations abroad. Many of our students go to India and this is their link back to our class here in Michigan.
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 formally assigned one day per week, but students are encouraged to use it daily.
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
ALEKS accounts for 10 percent of the students' grades.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Students are responsible for moving at a pace in line with their ability. It is adjusted for students that do not have Internet access from home.
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
ALEKS has helped students in our school skip not only one, but up to three full years of math! One of the hallmarks of good instruction is the opportunity for students to receive immediate feedback, and ALEKS is excellent at providing this. Not only is the feedback immediate, but it is tailored to each student's unique needs. The use of the pie chart to represent completed work is very motivating to students. Oftentimes when students complete a pie piece, they excitedly exclaim their achievements for all to hear.