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To address misconceptions, teachers first need to uncover them. Although misconceptions will surely emerge as you move through a lesson, it’s best to identify them prior to new learning. Here’s where the role of preassessment goes beyond uncovering what students don’t know, but expands to identifying what they have misconceived. This article examines a handful of misconceptions that are representative of the variety of mistaken beliefs held by both students and educators alike.