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Anticipating Misconceptions



What causes misconceptions in students? The value of trying to anticipate how students might incorrectly understand different concepts allows a professor to identify misconceptions before they effect the students academic relationships. As you get to know your students you will be better prepared to help your students correctly understand all the concepts you teach. While the article focuses on teaching math, it can be applied to all content areas.

Key Points

  • Teachers can try to predict some of the misconceptions students might have
  • You can consider both the correct and incorrect ways students might try to solve problems
  • Think about how you will respond to potential misconceptions in order to encourage better learning
  • Knowing your students will prepare you to help them individually

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