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    #13846 - 04/15/08 03:24 PM Re: Aleks math in school [Re: Texas Summer]
    questions Offline

    Registered: 11/24/07
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    Texas Summer, that sounds like a great way to present Aleks - benefit to all students. Incog, I wonder whether you could contact Aleks and ask them how they fit with your school curriculum. It's possible that they've studied whatever your school is using (like everyday math) and have a response. Just a thought.

    #13849 - 04/15/08 04:04 PM Re: Aleks math in school [Re: questions]
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    Registered: 10/25/07
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    Loc: up in my head.......
    Thanks for all the positive feedback. I know for a fact that they know there are at least 4 students that are far advanced in second grade, as DD told me they gave them 4th/5th grade practice ISATS.
    I hesitate to go to the district gifted coordinator at this point, I wouldn't want the principal to think I was going "over her head".
    They have attempted to work to meet the girls' needs and I'm still waiting to see what they are willing to do for my youngest.

    I just don't understand why they wouldn't LOVE Aleks and let the kids do it. It seems to me it would save them manpower.

    Taking into consideration they have let the kids take practice tests out of level, let's hope that gives them the info they need to make "drastic" changes for the kids.

    I hope, I hope, I hope!!!!!!!!!

    #13852 - 04/15/08 05:23 PM Re: Aleks math in school [Re: incogneato]
    Ania Offline

    Registered: 02/07/06
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    Loc: Home :)
    Originally Posted By: Texas Summer
    After talking to the ALEKS representative and she had the district purchase 100 ALEKS licenses. Fifty were reserved for advance math students and 50 were reserved for students that needed additional help in math. Once it came from the district, the school could not object to my dd using it.

    This looks like an excellent idea. Why is it, that once you include larger group of kids, things are looked at from a different perspective? :-)

    #13881 - 04/16/08 07:32 AM Re: Aleks math in school [Re: incogneato]
    Texas Summer Offline

    Registered: 05/01/06
    Posts: 216
    Loc: Texas
    Originally Posted By: incogneato
    I hesitate to go to the district gifted coordinator at this point, I wouldn't want the principal to think I was going "over her head".

    I understand. It is hard to find the right balance in advocacy. Part of the problem is that it is difficult to understand the school's perspective. You mentioned that the school did not want to deviate from their curriculum. In Texas we have TEKS (Texas Essential Knowlege & Skills - I think) that every school in the state must follow. ALEKS aligns with the TEKS, which eases some fears and can open the door for conversation about using it. There may be something similiar in your state.

    It might be worth further discussion with your principal to get a better understanding of his specific objection to ALEKS so that you can better advocate. He said that they did not want to deviate from curriculum. Does this mean that they will not accelerate in any way in math? It helps to know the rules of the game.

    #13882 - 04/16/08 08:22 AM Re: Aleks math in school [Re: Texas Summer]
    questions Offline

    Registered: 11/24/07
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    fyi, here's a link to the Aleks site for a list of integrated textbooks:

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