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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Nathan Hale Intermediate School, Cook County School District 130
Crestwood, IL

Grade(s): 4 - 5
Scenario: Computer Lab, Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Supplement, Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 10%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Lauren Gugala, Teacher
I think ALEKS is great for differentiated instruction, especially for gifted students who move at a fast pace and want more, more, more.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Students had trouble with fractions.

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?
10 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
ALEKS is put into lesson plans.

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

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students use ALEKS as much as they can.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send newsletters.


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?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I don't.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
No.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Students love using ALEKS and seeing their instant progress.


Best Practices

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
I think ALEKS is great for differentiated instruction, especially for gifted students who move at a fast pace and want more, more, more.