Frequently Asked Questions about ALV

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

Frequently Asked Questions about ALV (a Learners’ View)

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TEACHERS and others ask questions about a learners’ view (ALV) in casual as well as formal conversations among people discussing teaching and learning. These questions have pestered people for decades and continue to come up when someone reads or hears the term A Learners’ View or its acronym ALV.

A learners’ view refers both to the admonition to teach in the shoes of learners as well as to technical descriptions of learning and their applications that appear in reports of experimental behavioral and social research during more than a century.

The ALV Path

The ALV Path is both (1)  a set of choices of learners that teachers match when learning occurs from lessons, and (2) an interactive tool (under development) to help you find answers to general questions about learning and related topics. If you don’t find the answer to your general questions, review Top Questions by teachers and by general readers as well as those addressed in Interviews and Conversations.

Top Questions Asked by Educators

  1. What is ALV? It is an acronym for a learners’ view of learning. Said another way, ALV describes the source of what makes learning likely to occur during lessons.
  2. What can this site possibly offer me, an experienced professional teacher? This site offers descriptions to general readers and professionals open to considering learning as social processes common in experimental behavioral and social research of what people do while learning.
  3. How do I use ALV? I’ll read the other stuff later. Apply the descriptions of ALV in your lesson plans and during your instruction.
  4. Can I use ALV to start my class on time? Yes, many teachers do.
  5. ALV seems to reject (insert the name of any program such as Response to Intervention-RTI, psycholinguistics, stimulus-response, etc.), but I can’t help but see similarities. Yes, ALV is the framework for the technical-scientific descriptions of choices teachers and learners make when learning occurs from teaching. This framework contains the active ingredients learners will likely choose in any lesson by any name. ALV is where the rubber-touches-the ground in RTI. When learners learn from a lesson based on RTi, they use a learners’ view of that lesson; this is not necessarily the same view that educators and psychologists have of the lesson or of learning.
  6. Is ALV a way of saying which choices teachers should make when teaching a lesson when that lesson is based on RTI, and if so, why not just use RTI? Let me say two things: 1. ALV consists of descriptions of what exists; it does not prescribe what teacher should do. 2. ALV describes social processes with a dyad as the smallest unit of analysis; RTI for example relies on monads, that is behavioral-psychological theories from the view of experts not of learners.
  7. Do I have to distinguish how from what people learn? Yes, if you intend to accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning promptly and if you don’t choose to rely on chance for learning to occur.
  8. Can I use ALV without using different vocabulary from talking now in my circle of teachers? Perhaps, if you apply descriptions of learning represented by ALV rather than talk about it.
  9. Can I use ALV when my supervisor evaluates my use of school prescribed programs and curricula? You can use ALV whenever you want learning to occur. You do use it whenever learning occurs from your lesson.
  10. What’s the connection between ALV and the Common Core? ALV describes what you can observe learners do while they learn your lesson, whether or not that lesson addresses the common core.
  11. Is ALV different from what teachers do every day? ALV describes what to observe learners doing as they learn.
  12. Where can I see ALV in use? Wherever and whenever learning occurs.
  13. How do I use ALV? You apply descriptions of choices learners likely make while learning.
  14. What does ALV mean for me as a teacher? It means you can apply ALV in order to accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning promptly when you choose to do so.
  15. What does historic context of Classic Education have to do with describing learning? Learning as described by a learners’ view (ALV) accounts for learning occurring by the most accomplished people, including those featured in the classics through contemporary learning.
  16. What is 1.0 Instruction? Showing, telling, and in others ways prompting choices for learners to make so they all learn that lesson.
  17. What is a 1.0 Lesson? One that all learners learn.
  18. What is a 1.0 Teacher? A teacher with whom all learners learn every lesson instructed.
  19. What is a 1.0 School Administrator? One who manages faculty and staff in ways that all students learn all lessons all of the time.
  20. What is a Wish List Lesson? One that includes more than learners will likely learn.
  21. What are 20 second lessons? A category of short, precise lessons that students learn and teachers string together to form longer, more complex lessons.

Top Questions Asked by General Readers

  1. What is the ALV Path?  A sequence of choices learners will likely make to learn something.
  2. Is ALV a description, model, or theory? A term that represents common research findings by experimental behavioral and social scientists.
  3. Do people really learn in one step? Yes, Other social action appears as trial-and-errors.
  4. Do teachers really ration learning? Yes, from a learners’ view (ALV).
  5. What evidence says ALV exists? ALV is a term to represent common experimental research findings, that is, facts, not evidence of facts.
  6. Is ALV different from folklore about education? Yes, different also from conventional vocabulary of educators and their supporters.
  7. Does ALV require teachers to have a background in research to apply it? No, but it does require an openness to applying research findings.
  8. Who cares about ALV, just one more thing some outsider wants to tell me to do? People who want to accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning promptly and sometimes dramatically care.
  9. Do teachers have to use a computer or buy something else to use ALV? No.
  10. Who is Ima Learner? The personification of experimental research findings by behavioral and social scientists.
  11. Does ALV have a motto? The closest thing to a motto is, A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.
  12. What is a sociology of learning? The systematic description and analysis of learning as social processes and social structures.

Categories of Questions Asked

  1. Apply ALV to accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning from lessons
  2. Convert a classroom management problem into instruction with ALV
  3. Describe or Define ALV
  4. Principles of learning
  5. Protocols
  6. Research Grounding
  7. Technical Scientific Descriptions

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The answer resides in the question asked. So, ask the question that has the answer you want. (ALV T-Shirt Wisdom)

Last Edit: March 1, 2015