Teaching is strengthened by identifying what students know and
misunderstand before teaching a topic. Then teachers can more carefully and effectively
craft experiences that will challenge and educate their students in ways that enhance
Pam Pelletier, Senior Staff, Center for the Enhancement of Science and
Mathematics Education (CESAME), Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Once you have identified student misconceptions, you will need strategies
for changing them. Read this excerpt from How
People Learn, pp. 70-71 and pp. 179-180, a book from the National Research Council.
Concept maps can
also be a useful tool for helping students to surface their preexisting knowledge.
What do you think are the most promising strategies for uncovering
students' prior knowledge and changing student misconceptions?