Applying the ALV Zone System


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

Main Page: ALV (a Learners’ View) of Choices during Teaching and Learning Detailed Contents

Theme: How to assess the use of the ALV Path of Learning in lessons


THE TASK FOR THE USER OF THE ALV ZONE SYSTEM (ALVZ) is to distinguish which parts of a given lesson lead directly to learning from those parts which do not. Answers to this question function as does a shoe sales person (a teacher) helping a customer (a learner) find a shoe (a lesson) that fits their feet (that matches social actions of learners, as represented by ALV, while learning).

Teachers may use this system as an informal guide for composing lessons. Third party evaluators may use this system as a way to support both novice and veteran teachers as they try to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their lessons.


ALVZ bridges a gap between conventional practices and scientific experiments. It guides users to parts of lessons where unused options may be selected that likely would accelerate, increase, and deepen (AID) learning in lessons teachers choose to offer. Read More


The foremost requirement for applying this system is an evaluator who both knows the ALV Path and who is sensitive to interests of the teacher and students being observed. Read More

Specific Instructions

Use the instructions included with each of these assessments:

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Instruction

Forms for Use

  1. Quick Start Form
  2. Self Evaluation Form
  3. Formal Evaluation Form

Related Reading

  1. 1.0 Instruction
  2. 1.0 Lesson
  3. ALV Path of Learning
  4. ALV Teaching-Learning Zone (TLZ) System
  5. ALV Zone (ALVZ) System

Related Resources

  1. ALV Checklists for Educators rev. 2.0
  2. ALV Guides to 1.0 Teaching and Learning
  3. Rules of Teaching: Digest of a Learners’ View (ALV) of Learning
  4. STOP RISKS of Failure to Learn (FTL)

Last Edited: March 31, 2015

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Robert Heiny
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 [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](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 [I]TuxReports[/I].com.