Misconceptions in our classrooms

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A misconception is a view or opinion that is incorrect due to faulty prior knowledge, thinking or understand. Naturally, these will pop up in our future classroom, but how do we as teachers notice confront them in our classrooms?

5 Tips to Combat Misconceptions (https://www.middleweb.com/39739/how-we-can-fix-faulty-background-knowledge) :

  • Work to determine students’ prior knowledge and identify incomplete and/or inaccurate understanding of concepts.
  • Encourage a classroom climate that focuses on developing new understanding and respectful discussion.
  • Recall that more complex concepts need to be broken down into smaller components in order to be better understood.
  • Design a variety of student-centered activities that allow learners to resolve conflicts between their existing ideas and more correct information.
  • Help student make connections between concepts learned in the class and everyday life.
    • *Remember that traditional instruction is not effective when trying to address/correct misunderstandings.

Teacher Misconceptions:

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As important as it is for you to combat your students’ misconceptions as it is for you to combat your own cultural ones.

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As foul as these are, they still take place. Be sure to not diminish a student’s identity by reinforcing a stereotype such as the photo.

It’s important to note that there are many many more of these types of misconceptions. Misconceptions are to be fought against within the classroom as both teachers and students.



  1. Great post Wyatt! I really liked all the different strategies you presented. Some of them reminded me about scaffolding and building on prior knowledge instead of just throwing facts at the kids. Do you think that faulty prior knowledge can be as effective as correct prior knowledge?

  2. Wyatt, I loved your post, and I especially like your point of identifying teacher misconceptions as well as student ones! Would you recommend the same tips to combat misconceptions to a teacher that you recommend for students? Awesome post!

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