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West Denver Preparatory Charter School, Denver County Public Schools
Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Special Education
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2 hours per week; 70 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)
Ellen J. Levy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
We have used ALEKS with our special education students and have been able to provide them with a huge amount of practice and reinforcement of basic math skills. We have also used ALEKS with a student who is lacking basic math skills, and it has provided an excellent way to intervene one-on-one.
What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
We had no way to reinforce basic skills for students who were struggling because of their lack of basic skills.
How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
4 days per week.
What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
How do you implement ALEKS?
We began using ALEKS in our Special Education "pullout" classes as a way to support struggling learners. It was then extended to students in math tutoring.
Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
We begin with Number Sense because it emphasizes the most basic skills.
How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Students begin enrichment classes by taking a scheduled QuickTables quiz each day. They then use the QuickTables time to play the online games or master new facts and they check which facts they know. Students then move on to their pie charts and work on completing a slice of their pie.
How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
We have not modified our approach this year, but plan to incorporate ALEKS into classroom reinforcement using laptop carts next year.
How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
We do not require students to work on ALEKS at home.
How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
This has not currently been a part of our effort, but probably will be next year as we extend it to after-hours tutoring.
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?
How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
We do not use ALEKS as part of our grading system.
Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
Our Special Education students have practiced in areas of basic number sense where their skills are quite weak. Students really feel enthused about mastering math facts using QuickTables and are eager to complete the pies they are working on. They have also been able to practice literacy skills as they read problems. We have seen small but measurable progress.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other teachers implementing ALEKS?
Support students who are beginning and help with literacy and encouragement.