Teaching and learning tricky topics
Teaching and learning tricky topics

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Teaching and learning tricky topics

Week 3 The tricky topics process


In this week, you will build on the knowledge of tricky topics that you gained in Week 2 by extending your knowledge of the relationship between problem examples and stumbling blocks and classification of problems according to the problem distiller. You will use the dedicated website for tricky topics, the Tricky-Topics-Guide and the sharing platform IRIS Connect, to develop your understanding of how the teaching tricky topics process works in practice and to use its resources.

By visiting the tricky topics website and IRIS Connect, you will see how teachers can come together in different ways to identify and capture tricky topics and their stumbling blocks.

By the end of this week you should be able to:

  • identify stumbling blocks and problem examples and vice versa
  • understand how the tricky topic process works to improve the teaching and learning of tricky topics
  • understand the different ways that the tricky topics process can be conducted
  • provide feedback of your experiences to IRIS Connect.
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Figure 1 Teaching tricky topics

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