10 Signs You May Be Rationing Learning


A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.

If learning is to be, teachers use ALV (a Learners’ View).

Last Edited: January 30, 2018

Theme: Checklist of assumptions and tasks by teachers that likely lead to failure of learners to learn.

Main Page: Checklist for Educators

THIS CHECKLIST identifies signs that your instruction of lessons may be rationing learning unintentionally. Rationing occurs when your instruction leaves learning lessons to random chance. The result of random chance appears as a normal or bell shaped curve of test results. This curve is the antithesis of meeting the technically possible standard of all learners learning all lessons.

An alternative to rationing learning is to accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning by using a learners’ view (ALV) of learning to plan and instruct lessons. Consider reviewing Checklists for Educators for descriptions of choices from a learners’ view that likely lead to learners learning lessons.

Check out the video linked below to view how a teacher taught people expected to fail to learn to perform a complex task. He also used this same technique to teach traditional academic tasks.

It will take you about 30 seconds to read the following list that identifies assumptions and tasks the teacher overcame to instruct the video lesson. If all learners do not learn all of your lessons, this list may also identify one or more ways your lessons likely ration learning.

  1. Not all students learn your lessons.
  2. You do not expect all students to learn all of your lessons.
  3. You do not keep a written record of strengths and weaknesses of each lesson that you may review before offering that lesson again.
  4. You assign failure of students to learn your lessons to factors other than to the way you teach each lesson.
  5. You do not have a list of state examination questions your students will likely try to answer.
  6. You do not have (or have access in your school to) a comprehensive list of instructional objectives which your lessons address for the academic semester (quarter).
  7. You do not have a comprehensive list of vocabulary learners must use to meet criterion for the objective of each lesson.
  8. You offer class-period length lessons without planning the string of 20 second lessons that fill the period.
  9. You use a teachers’ view while instructing lessons.
  10. You spend less clock time planning lessons than offering them.


  1. 20 Second Lessons
  2. A Learners’ View (ALV) of Learning in a Nutshell
  3. New Era School Initiative (NESI) 10: Rationed Learning “Yes, but …” Report Revisited
  4. Performance Standard for Educators
  5. Risks of Failure to Learn
  6. STOP Risks of Failure to Learn
  7. String of 20 Second Lesson Modules 1, 2, and 3
  8. What if all Teachers used a Learners’ View (ALV)

Related Reading

  1. Meet Ima Learner, a Member of Your Classroom
  2. Teachers Manage Risks of Failure to Learn
  3. Wish List Lesson (WLL)

Related Resources

  1. If you could see me (video of instruction with 20 second lessons for one-step learning)