“Low floor high ceiling”: Improving classroom practices through creative math, inspiring tasks".
Low Floor High Ceiling Tasks are those that all students can access but that can be extended to high levels. The low floor high ceiling tasks preferred are those that are also visual and lead to rich mathematical discussion. (Youcubed)
I have enjoyed conducting hands on workshop with teachers. They learn more about creating challenging tasks that allow all students to explore the task according to their own mathematical ability. Suitable classroom environment, and teacher practice allow all students to achieve at a higher level and learn from each other. We learn this innovative practice together to motivate and enhance student mathematical thinking.
This provides equity in your class as you will create a climate in your classroom where all students work on the same problem. Deep learning is developed when students are probed into generating a rule/s while solving the same problem.
One such problem is given here. How would you solve this? How is this considered a low floor /high ceiling problem?
What could be the rule if there were 100 counters on each side?
For inspiring your teachers to many more such problems and encouraging your students to reach the high ceiling contact Bina Kachwalla at Inquiry learning
Bina Kachwalla Consultant, Inquiry Learning