Why Low Floor, High Ceiling Math Tasks? How Do We Get Started?

Many students learn early on that math is hard and either you are good at it or not. How math is taught to them plays a huge role in how students feel about their own proficiency as mathematicians. Join Kim and Lynn to learn how low floor, high ceiling (LF-HC) math tasks work for everyone. See how we have incorporated the teachings of Peter Liljedahl's Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics and Jo Boaler's Mathematical Mindsets and how we use LF-HC open-ended math tasks in our practice.

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Friday 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Room Emerald B (Westin)
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

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  • Kim Ito

    Kim Ito is a teacher in SD23, Central Okanagan, who recently moved from teaching Kindergarten to middle school.  Kim has taught as a classroom teacher, as well as a LAT and Resource teacher in K-8 settings.  She has presented within SD23 and provincially on a variety of mathematical topics, as well as taught as an adjunct professor at UBC-O.  Her passion is making math relevant, understanding the "why," and helping students and colleagues see the beauty in numbers and mathematical concepts.

  • Lynn White

    Lynn White is a teacher in SD23, Central Okanagan, who is currently teaching Grade 2/3.  Lynn’s background includes classroom teaching from Kindergarten through Grade 8, LAT, Resource, and Behaviour Intervention in both BC and Manitoba over the past 23 years.  She has presented in her school districts, and provincially on a variety of topics related to numeracy and literacy instruction, and SEL strategies.  Lynn's passion is to nurture a love of learning in her students and colleagues.