Identify a concept that is often misunderstood in your discipline. Can you think of an analogy that can help make the concept make sense to students?

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10 Responses Completed for this Activity

  • ; = > , but < . (Jessica OReilly, @JessicaOReill17)

    What happened when the semicolon broke grammar laws?   It was given two consecutive sentences! Click the link to read about a great analogy to help students differentiate between the semicolon and other forms of punctuation. I didn’t create the analogy, but I do imagine how I’d use it in my classroom.

  • #easypeasylemonsqueezy (Marnie Seal, @marnieseal)

    Response to the misunderstood activity:

  • Research – before or after? (Jen Booth, @JenBoothatGC)

    Students feel that because they can Google, they’ve mastered the art of research.¬† This week has been all about trying to help students understand that the research comes first, and should inform the way their essay develops. My analogy… Doing the research after you write the essay is like assembling flat packed furniture without checking… Read more »

  • Analogy for learning (Helen DeWaard, @hj_dewaard)

    This blog post talks about the tricky idea about ‘what is learning’ since prior knowledge of what learning really is can hinder the understanding of teacher candidates as they work with children. How do they know when learning has occurred if they can’t ‘see’ it? The analogy of riding a backwards bike is used.

  • We are all Different (Steven Secord, @stevensecord)

    To complete this activity I have written a blog post on one of the most misunderstood concepts I encounter the Faculty of Education: Differentiation.

  • Misunderstood – The Journey to Mount Doom (Lynn Cartan, @LynnCartan)

    Teaching Goals vs. Objectives using Lord of the Rings.

  • It's the Tortoise, Not The Hare (Terry Greene, @greeneterry)

    It’s the Tortoise, Not the Hare

  • Using Wikipedia (Lena Patterson, @lpatter10)

    Students are afraid of using wikipedia because they don’t think it is a reliable resource. Find a page on wikipedia with misinformation in your subject – correct it!

  • CountIf? How do you even explain that? (Cora-Lee, @laney_mom)

    What is CountIf? How do you even explain this to students??? Lets looks at a drawer of fruit. Within the drawer are oranges, apples and grapes. If you were to make your grocery list you would first need to determine what you have in the drawer. You would go to the drawer and tell yourself… Read more »

  • Because I said so (Vikki Maystruk, @vikkifalls)

    Students believe they cannot start a sentence with “because”. Because they have not be taught about participles and proper comma use, they are confused about how to parse a complete sentence starting with “because”.


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