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EducationFocus on Choices Learners Make

Focus on Choices Learners Make

Hi. I’m Ima Learner, a friend of Bob. He describes A Learners’ View (ALV) of learning for teachers to use. Today, I’m going to introduce myself. I’m in your classes. You know me by my given name, such as Keisha, Alysha, George, Aki, Sarah, and Milt.

I represent descriptions of common choices people make while learning lessons. Experimental behavioral and social scientists have described these choices in their research reports for more than a century. These choices distinguish a learners’ view (ALV) (that’s a property of learners) from a learner’s view (that’s a property of individuals).

Here’re three pieces of advice:

  1. When learning is to be, use ALV (a learners’ view of learning) during instruction. Bob has posted his notes that he uses to write more descriptions of this view for teachers;
  2. Focus on choices learners make while learning. Disregard choices they make that do not lead to learning your lessons. This focus gives priority during lessons to choices of learners over other interests. and
  3. Count. The simple task of counting something during instruction can become an invaluable habit for teaching lessons that all learners learn. Count the number of seconds you consume during a lesson, the number of trail-and-errors your students make as you instruct. To begin, it doesn’t matter what you count. I’ll say more about this valuable habit another time.

These are three things you can control immediately. You don’t have to wait for someone to tell you how it’s ok to do them. Just use ALV, Focus on choices, and Count, for example the number of choices learners in your class make during a lesson.

Let me know how these tips work for you. That’s how I learn.

Robert Heiny
Robert Heinyhttp://www.robertheiny.com
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for TuxReports.com.

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