A misconception is a belief that you think is right - but it turns out it's not.

For example, it's a common misconception that the Great Wall of China is visible from space. This misconception was shaken after China's own astronaut, Yang Liwei, said he couldn’t see the historic structure. You can see a picture of the area of the Great Wall, taken by NASA, below.

The Great Wall of China from space. Image by NASA.

Image from NASA. Click here to see the larger image taken on November 24, 2004, from the International Space Station. 

We have lots of misconceptions in learning and we don't often know what they are. One of the jobs of teachers is to find out what your misconceptions are and then try and replace them with the correct knowledge. (If you want to read about ten of the most common science misconceptions, head to Time magazine). 

In the HaileyburyX Misconceptions courses, we have picked out some of the common misconceptions in several subjects and we are going to to help you work on them. 


Minus and negative

Many people believe that ‘minus’ and ‘negative’ are the same thing. But they aren't. Join Haileybury teachers Adam McCarthy and Brendan Magilton to find out why. 

Misconceptions from HaileyburyX




Haileybury has always embraced technology for teaching and learning.

We see ourselves as innovators. High-speed WiFi, laptops and tablets, video and cloud-based services, along with our school-wide LMS Canvas, are all now part of our students’ everyday learning experiences - especially now as we teach remotely.

But the latest technology is not what matters.

What is important is technology that meets the needs of students and teachers. Technology that helps deliver outstanding learning experiences that fuel academic excellence.