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Unlearning Preconceived Ideas: Addressing Alternate Conceptions in the Biology Classroom

I’m sure we are all familiar with the ideas that human blood is blue in the veins, or humans evolved from apes. These are known scientific facts, right? Actually, I, and my fellow aspiring science teachers, are here to tell … Continue reading

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Science Teachers and the Raiders of the Misconception

Have you ever seen the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark? In the movie, there’s a scene where the intrepid archaeologist has made his way into an ancient temple where a golden idol is kept. At … Continue reading

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BUSTED!: Addressing Alternate Conceptions in the Science Classroom

TRUE or FALSE: There is a dark side of the moon. Particles found in solids have no motion. Humans evolved from apes. All of these statements are FALSE. They are all examples of common misconceptions, or alternate conceptions, that can … Continue reading

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How to Address Misconceptions in the Science Classroom

Let’s start by watching this video: How many of these misconceptions have you have held? Were there any that surprised you? These are all only a small part of the misconceptions that your students may hold as they walk into … Continue reading

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Addressing Misconceptions in the Science Classroom

Looking at these above statements, how many do you think are true? Trick question: They’re ALL false! Now, don’t feel bad, a lot people believe these things to be true. After all, some of them are things that we grew … Continue reading

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Lets Address the Misconception in the Room

Everyone once in their lives have believes some type misconception in science. These misconceptions are often learned as a child and have been with you since you can remember. For example, I remember from a young age in girl scouts … Continue reading

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Revealing and Dealing with Misconceptions

Teachers (especially ones who teach High School) often have to teach students who have pre-instructural knowledge about a topic. This pre-instructural knowledge is not always correct These incorrect understandings are called alternative conceptions or misconceptions How to Deal with these … Continue reading

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