Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) helps to:
- Elicit children’s mathematical thinking and use it as the basis for instructional decisions
- Connect new math ideas to prior knowledge to promote learning math with conceptual understanding.
Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a system of beliefs about teaching, not a new textbook program to be implemented.
At the core of CGI are three basic assumptions about children’s learning of mathematics:
- Children have knowledge of mathematics, which should be used as a basis for instructional decisions.
- Children develop mathematical understanding and acquire skills by solving a variety of problems in any way that they choose.
- Children gain understanding and inform other children and their teachers as they communicate their mathematical thinking. This also allows them to construct relationships among mathematical ideas.
For more information contact:
Math Teacher Specialist
Downey Unified School District