Fundamentals for Using ALV Checklists

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

ALV Checklists remind educators of choices likely to AID (accelerate, increase, and deepen) learning promptly. (ALV T-Shirt Wisdom)

Main Article: Checklists for Educators 2.0

Theme: Fundamentals of teaching that match choices learners will likely make while learning lessons.

Last Edited: February 13, 2018

FROM A LEARNERS’ VIEW (ALV) OF TEACHING, a lesson is a gamble, a bet by teachers that learners will gain more than they loose by learning the instructed lesson, especially that teachers’ efforts are worthy of learners’ time which they cannot recover, as well as of attention, effort, and their other personal resources, including loss of learning to do something else during that time in or out of school.

1. By their presence in class, learners agree (more or less) for teachers to give them an edge, to show them how to win learners’ part in that gamble.

2. Teachers choose whether or not learners will learn each lesson. Each choice made while building that lesson is a separate bet with a foreseeable risk (a gamble). Teachers who use ALV as a guide for selecting those choices can reduce that risk.

3. Learning is connecting dots in ways that solve problems. The more dots the lower the likelihood learners will learn that lesson. Teachers choose in lessons how to show ways to solve problems that are concrete, easy, familiar, simple, and specific, or their opposites.

4. Learners will more likely connect (a) something concrete with something abstract, (b) something easy with something hard, (c) something familiar (known) with something unfamiliar (unknown), (d) something simple with something complex, and (e) something specific with something general (CEKSS).

5. To complete one of these connections, learners make choices from among at least 15 options across 5 choice points.

6. An ALV Lesson consists of showing how to make one connection, solve one problem. As teachers commonly use the word lesson to refer to a 50 (plus or minus) minute class period, it consists of a string of ALV Lessons.

7. Dots to connect in lessons consist of vocabulary (such as words, sounds, motions, muscle movements, etc.), logic of relationships among vocabulary, and relative values of these in society. In lessons, teachers identify and sort vocabulary into logical/empirical relationships that the most accomplished people accept as solutions to problems.


  1. A Learners View (ALV) of Choices during Teaching and Learning Abstract
  2. Checklists for Educators rev 2.0
  3. Lesson: Vocabulary and its Relationships
  4. Meet Ima Learner, a Member of Your Class
  5. Principles of Learning
  6. Two Dots Learning (TDL)