About Us

Elementary Math Specialists (left to right): Glenda Martinez, Jennifer Robbins (Director), Melissa Canham, Julie Yearsley

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Melissa Canham: @melissa_canham
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Julie Yearsley: @julieyearsley

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:
Melissa Canham
Math Teacher Specialist
Downey Unified School District
Email:  mcanham@dusd.net
Phone: (562)469-6572