MAPPS Training

Recently I have had the opportunity for the first time to facilitate MAPPS training as a video conference here at the University of Arizona with a group of teachers from Griffin, GA. This session was on developing fractions, decimals and percent concepts using colored tiles, pattern blocks, base ten blocks, and tangrams.  Although the teachers said they enjoyed the session and activities I felt there was a missing piece to the training as I wasn’t there to visually see them work with the manipulatives. Additionally it was difficult to hear their conversations while they were working in their groups as well as getting them to participate in whole group discussions when otherwise it wouldn’t have been a problem if I was actually present in the room. Is there any one that has experience in video conferencing with the type of facilitating I experienced?  I would love to hear from you and any pointers you may have to offer.

– Mary

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