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Diagnosing Teachers’ Needs

As an Instruction Math Coach, I am considering the themes of math instruction with my cohort of teachers.
**Content knowledge**
- Understanding network of connections

**Disposition towards mathematics**
- Personal feelings about math

**Pedagogical content knowledge**
- Developing and maintaining learning communities
- Knowing how to “unpack” big math ideas

**Underlying beliefs about learning**
- Teaching styles
- Learning styles

**Interpreting student thinking**
- What do students know and how do they show it?
- What are misconceptions, partial knowledge and common confusions

**Assessing prior knowledge**
- What might we assume students already know and how can they access this?

**Habits of planning**
- Lesson planning and long term planning: when and how detailed

**Engagement with curriculum material**
- What is role of core curriculum vs. standards based instruction?

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