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Cognitively Guided Instruction


Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is research that is based on over 30 years of questioning how students think about math. It is not a one size fits all math program. A CGI approach to math allows teachers to better understand the common core state standards and how to meet their rigorous demands. CGI supports teachers in planning purposeful problems that allow students to develop a deeper conceptual and procedural understanding of math; this leads students to develop meaningful problem solving strategies that become more sophisticated over time.

Students, in CGI classrooms, are allowed to solve problems in ways that make sense to them and as a result of this, they can reason about math, explain their thinking both orally and through written work, and make connections to more complex and formal strategies. Students gain more confidence and persevere because they see that math makes sense and that they are capable  and competent problem solvers!


 A Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Approach to the Common Core State Standards

Gain an understanding of the CGI problem types and use them as a vehicle for implementing the Common Core Standards for math in your classroom.

Putting the Common Core State Standards into Action

Learn how to create a classroom environment that puts the Standards for Math Practice into action and develop routines that increase productive struggle, student discourse, and strategic thinking in your classroom.

Use English Language Arts and English Language Development Standards in Your Classroom to Support Rigorous Math Work

Develop routines and practices that support English Language Learners and all students’ ability to increase their reading, writing, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies in mathematics.

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Choral Counting Connections Are you ever overwhelmed by the amount of content that you need to teach? Fortunately, you can use choral counting to accomplish many of the goals you have…

Mistakes Make Us Better

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  Once you have taught your students how to sit beside one another, point to their work and explain to their partner what they did to solve, and how to…

I Want To Be A Math Coach

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Estimate Before You Calculate

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Mathematicians estimate before they calculate. Walking through classrooms I see so many opportunities for students to engage in authentic mathematics by way of estimation. Estimation is such an important yet…

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