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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  • MI's in Females (JDeJong, @JuanitaDeJong)

    The issue of misunderstanding about how signs & symptoms of MI can present different in femailes and males has been well  documented, however  women coming into hospitals with MI’s and being misdiagnosed  still happen due to gender bias in older medical research on heart attacks and missed ques about signs and symptoms a woman who… Read more »

  • La pauvreté, un fléaut méritocratique? (Emmanuel Nadeau, @nadeau_emmanuel)

    Plusieurs étudiants considèrent que la pauvreté et la misère sont très souvent le résultat d’une paresse ou d’un manque de motivation. Pour mieux faire comprendre les différentes influences qui jouent sur le phénomène d’inégalités économiques, je dresse un parrallèle avec les pays. Les pays sous-développés sont-ils plus pauvres puisque leur population travaille moins fort ou… Read more »

  • Understanding Doing Academic Research (Asako Yoshida, @yourlibrarian)

    I want to break down and make easier for undergraduate students to understand the concept of doing a literature review for the purpose of shaping a research question.   It’s a challenge for many undergraduate students to work on academic research papers when they have never conducted  ]academic research. In many respects, up to their high… Read more »

  • The Power of One Letter – The Importance of Accurate Proofreading (Sheila B., @therapytoo)

    In teaching some medical subjects, my students are directed to ensure that they have proofread all elements of a client (patient) encounter.  I use a real-world scenario to illustrate the importance of accurate proofreading and editing for corrections.   I often get responses from learners that “well it is JUST a small spelling mistake”.   Their prior… Read more »

  • Reinforcement – Punishment/Negative-Postive (Lauren Sabourin, @laurensabourin)
  • The Curve: An example of misunderstanding (Sofia Silberberg, @SilberbergSofia)

    The Normal Distribution (“The Curve”) and the Empirical Rule associated with it are used in almost all disciplines. The misunderstanding arises when the user assigns a population’s property to a specific sample because that property may (and most certainly will) vary from sample to sample. I draw from the student’s personal experience  (i.e.: having been… Read more »

  • "The Curve": an example of misunderstanding (Sofia Silberberg, @none)

    The concepts of sample, populations, and how they are used to make inferences are frequently misunderstood. Here is an example of how I deal with that misunderstanding.

  • Assessing reading with standardized tests (Pam Millett, @millettpam)

    My students (who are classroom teachers themselves) often balk at the idea of using standardized tests (“it’s not fair, it’s too rigid, there isn’t only one right answer, I know they could do better if I was allowed to help them, I don’t want to label children”). So I try to use the terms “frustration,… Read more »

  • Acidic Freshwater Lakes (Pamela Koski Bryant, @BryantKoski)

    Ontario extend module activity: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? Answer: I always have students in my environmental chemistry class who do not understand how pH can impact the different fish habitats in freshwater lakes. More… Read more »

  • The Art of Trial and Error (Chantal Abdel-Nour, @ChantalNour)

    Student: I’ve tried everything, and nothing is working…

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