Good Maths Tasks – Reference Points

Low Floor – High Ceiling Tasks:

1. Open up the task so that there are multiple methods, pathways, and representations.
2. Include inquiry opportunities.
3. Ask the problem before teaching the method.
4. Add a visual component and ask students how they see the mathematics.
5. Extend the task to make it lower floor and higher ceiling.
6. Ask students to convince and reason; be skeptical.

Jo Boaler recommends these sites:

Youcubed: www.youcubed.org

NCTM: www.nctm.org (membership required to access some of the resources

NCTM Illuminations: http://illuminations.ntcm.org

Balanced Assessment: http://balancedassessment.concord.org

Math Forum: www.mathforum.org

Shell Centre: http://map.mathshell.org/materials/index.php

Dan Meyer’s resources: http://blog.mrmeyer.com

Geogebra: http://geogebra.org/cms/

Video Mosaic project: http://videomosaic.org/

NRich: http://nrich.maths.org/

Estimation 180: http://www.estimation180.com

Visual Patterns; grades K-12: http://www.visualpatterns.org

Number Strings: http://numberstrings.com

Mathalicious, grades 6-12; real-world lessons for middle and high school: http://mathalicious.com

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