Cognitively Guided Instruction in Math (CGI)

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Understand Your Students' Mathematical Thinking to Enhance Your Teaching and Improve Student Learning

In this course, Cognitively Guided Instruction in Math (CGI), you will learn the components of a CGI classroom and their connections to the Standards for Mathematical Practices. You will also examine the characteristics of the different problems types and how they can be used to teach the Common Core content standards for Math. Evaluation of the informal problem solving strategies students intuitively bring to mathematics will take place as well as how to support and develop them into formal mathematics. Finally, you will learn how to facilitate mathematics instruction by asking open-ended questions and by strategically posing math problems.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-6 classroom teachers who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of students' thinking.  School site math coaches, district math coaches, coordinators, and beginning teachers will benefit from taking this course.

Course Materials:  There is no textbook requirement for this course.

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EDU-X788P – 008 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Cognitively Guided Instruction in Math (CGI)

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

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Online Self-Paced
Danielle Moore

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify and write the different mathematics problem types that align with Common Core Standards
  • Identify the different problem solving strategies used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Evaluate the main objective and purpose for CGI as an instructional approach for mathematics
  • Identify and apply the resources and procedures necessary to facilitating a CGI classroom and how these resources and routines align with the Standards for Mathematical Practice


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