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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  • 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…

  • Good versus Bad: An Analogy (Lynn Chartrand, @lynn_chartrand)

    Understanding laboratory results is often confusing especially when there are different lab values that have similar names.

  • The Kitchen Sink (Sidney, @data_professor)

    Students should recognize that you need the right tool or tools for the job, and know when to ask for help.

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