Building on a solid tradition of student-centered instructional strategies, Gardner Street School will begin incorporating the Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) approach to teaching math, in its 2018-19 school year. CGI is not a curriculum, but rather a research based teaching method that can be used to support any math curriculum. It starts with what students already know and builds on their natural number sense and intuitive approaches to problem solving.

CGI is a way of listening to students, asking smart questions, and engaging with their thinking—all with the goal of uncovering and expanding every student’s mathematical understanding. Teachers emphasize conceptual development over rote memorization, encouraging our students to become independent problem solvers and critical thinkers.