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EducationA Learners' View (ALV)What are 20 second lessons?

What are 20 second lessons?


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20 Second Lessons

A 20 second lesson designates a limited amount of time for instructing a lesson that leaners learn. It consumes the least number of seconds observed for a teacher consistently to instruct successful lessons.

This consistency indicates the plausibility of packaging lessons for 20 second, more or less, instruction. Mr. Lother did in math classes decades ago with 50 plus farm kids in each class, most of whom went on to colleges, a few to careers that touched your life.

Twenty Second lessons are still a useful device for organizing lessons into clusters of related parts. Commercial advertisers, humorists, film makers, software developers, and athletes condense their messages into even shorter modules.

Each 20 second lesson in education consists of one way to solve one problem. Each lesson has its own beginning, middle, and end as a measurable outcome. Application of ALV makes 20 second lessons routinely possible for teachers today.

Implicitly, instruction over any length of time consists of one or more 20 second lessons, also called lesson modules. When a teacher highlights something in a Power Point slide, the highlighted part is a 20 second lesson. It is a solved problem used to help solve another problem the instructor is addressing.

Direct Instruction and Try Another Way are two examples of programs that use 20 second lessons and strings of 20 second lesson modules (without the names ALV or 20 second lessons). They are among the most tested instruction methods with over one million learners and hundreds of teachers and other human service workers participating in controlled, experimental studies. They set standards for performance increases by learners which few, if any, instruction methods match.

Related Readings

  1. Illustration of String of 20 Second Lesson Modules
  2. Siegfried (Zig) Engelmann and Direct Instruction
  3. Marc Gold:Try Another Way Overview
  4. Watch the Video Kindergartners Showing Off Their Math Skills – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, basic algebra, fractions,, area problems, factoring, and simple simultaneous equations.

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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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