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Engaging Instructors in Discussing Student Difficulties: A Model for Preparation
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 9:00 AM -9:10 AM
  Author: Benjamin Spike, University of Colorado - Boulder
  Co-Author(s): Noah D. Finkelstein
  Abstract: We report on the results of a recent effort to modify graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) preparation for the Tutorials in Introductory Physics by focusing instructor attention on potential student difficulties rather than simply the mastery of content. We track shifts in instructor awareness of student difficulties with Tutorials as a result of a simple intervention during TA preparation sessions. We share findings from this semester-long effort, and conclude by discussing broader implications for teacher preparation in both traditional and transformed environments.
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