Making the Most of Misconceptions in Math Class

In This Webinar

What if instead of always calling on students with correct ideas, we asked students with misconceptions to explain their thinking? In this previously recorded webinar, Dr. Mark Ellis explores ways to anticipate, elicit, and make use of student misconceptions to deepen students’ understanding of mathematics and help them develop a growth mindset. You’ll learn:

  • How misconceptions are formed
  • Common mathematics misconceptions and when it is appropriate to have students share them
  • Productive strategies for eliciting misconceptions and using them to enhance learning


Helpful Resources

Read the Whitepaper: Recognizing Misconceptions as Opportunities for Learning Mathematics with Understanding

About Our Mathematics Education Experts

Dr. Mark Ellis

Dr. Mark Ellis is a professor of education at California State University, Fullerton and Grades K–12 mathematics education scholar. He has written more than 40 publications and served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mark is a coauthor of i-Ready® Classroom Mathematics and his latest book is about creating productive mathematics learning environments for elementary students. You can find him on Twitter @EllisMathEd

i-Ready Classroom Mathematics

i-Ready Classroom Mathematics is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum that increases student engagement and keeps instruction manageable, so you get powerful results for your classroom.