Teaching that is guided by children’s mathematical thinking

Linda Levi looks at how teachers can use the way that children think about mathematics to help with learning in the classroom

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a teacher professional development program that helps elementary school teachers understand research-based frameworks for children’s mathematical thinking. It supports teachers in using these frameworks to guide their mathematics instruction. To illustrate what instruction looks like when a teacher has participated in CGI, consider the follow excerpt from the first lesson on two-digit subtraction in a second grade (UK year 1) class.

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February 2014