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Teaching and learning tricky topics
Teaching and learning tricky topics

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Attending to information – reading, watching, listening. 


Bus-stop method

Term used in teaching to refer to long division.


Digital Storytelling

It enables computer users to become creative storytellers through the traditional processes of selecting a topic, conducting some research, writing a script, and developing an interesting story. 


Problem Distiller

Classification table which helps you to identify why students have specific problems in Tricky Topics. 

Problem Example

Examples of the problems students have which display their misunderstanding of the Tricky Topic and are symptoms of one or more Stumbling Blocks in that Tricky Topic. 


Stumbling Block

Identifiable and assessable component parts of a Tricky Topic which are common to a variety of students’ problems. 



The practice of classification.

threshold concept

Concepts that transform a students' understanding of a subject, without which it is impossible to progress in that subject. Sometimes counter-intuitive and difficult to grasp. 

Tricky Topic

Topics containing difficult concepts that students find difficult to learn and teachers find difficult to teach.