The math program includes Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) and Math Workshop which aim to foster curiosity and confidence and teachers encourage a growth mindset meaning that mistakes are celebrated as an opportunity to learn.
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Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is an approach to teaching mathematics that builds on children’s natural problem-solving strategies. CGI teachers use their knowledge of problem types and solution strategies to help determine what each child understands and then decide how to help each child extend his/her understandings. CGI fosters flexibility in mathematical thinking and allows students to actively learn from their classmates during daily share where multiple students are selected to discuss the different strategies they used to solve the word problem for that day. Starting in kindergarten, children solve a variety of challenging word problems that expose them to the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions.
Teachers employ visual arts, oral instruction, manipulatives, cooperative learning and games to maximize students’ abilities in problem-solving. The curriculum includes adding whole numbers, fractions, decimals and integers. Measurement, geometry, statistics, patterns and probability are covered to differing degrees at all levels.