Cognitively Guided Instruction

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Cognitively Guided Instruction (K-6)

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a problem-solving mathematics program designed to improve number sense and computation for students in Kindergarten through sixth grades. It has been proven effective for boys and girls of diverse social class, racial and ethnic, and language proficiency backgrounds.

This K-6 instructional strategy focuses on student knowledge and encourages teachers to pose story problems that can be solved by any means chosen by the child. Problem-posing and problem-solving become the focus of the mathematics class, rather than the traditional emphasis on memorization of facts and algorithms. The research-based approach was developed by faculty at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin- Madison.