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Resource Title Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)

This webpage of the Promising Practices Network provides information regarding Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), which is one of many educational programs and practices described by the network as having proven to improve outcomes for children. CGI is described as a professional development program that increases elementary school teachers’ understanding of the knowledge that students bring to the math learning process and how they connect that knowledge with formal concepts and operations. The program is guided by two major theses:

  • Children bring an intuitive knowledge of mathematics to school with them and this knowledge should serve as the basis for developing formal mathematics instruction in primary school. This thesis leads to an emphasis on assessing the processes that students use to solve problems.
  • Math instruction should be based on the relationship between computational skills and problem solving, which leads to an emphasis on problem solving in the classroom instead of the repetition of number facts.

The webpage also describes evaluation methods and findings, information about the program’s implementation, and issues to consider.

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Professional Development
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Best Practices
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