What time is it?
From the perspective of an elementary student — even a good student who generally can read the hands of a clock correctly — the answer probably is 2:50. After all, the hour hand is pointing much closer to the 2 than to the 1.
To address this misconception, perhaps the best suggestion that I’ve heard is using the analogy of waiting for your birthday. A child doesn’t turn 7 until his (or her) birthday comes. On the day before his birthday, he still has to say that he’s 6. Likewise, if the minute hand is just a few minutes before 7:00 and the hour hand is not all the way at seven, we still have to say that the time is six-something.