What is a misconception?

By Jordan Cudaback

In the teaching world, especially with young students, misconceptions are a very real part of the classroom. First, we might ask ourselves “what is a misconception?” As a teacher, it is extremely important that you know a misconception when you hear one. A misconception is misguided or incorrect belief about a concept. I do not want to call misconceptions wrong, as there are often reasons students develop these misconceptions, reasons that make complete sense in their minds. If you tell a student their way of thinking is wrong, it may make them shy away from voicing their ideas in the future. Continue reading

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Lesson Planning and the Learning Cycle

By Amy Perry

Writing a lesson plan is sometimes a daunting task. How does one include every part that is essential to learning all within one lesson? It is valuable and vital to have ways that we can scaffold students to think through the five E’s of the learning cycle—engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. These are ways that the students can connect the process of science with the content and nature of science. Continue reading