Best and Next Practices in Mathematics

Cognitively Guided Instruction

Video of Susan Empson (Quick Time Video)


 Dr. Susan Empson

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Dr. Susan Empson, a leading researcher in Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), discusses children’s thinking about fractions and the teacher’s role in a problem solving approach to mathematics instruction.  In linking to the Common Core Standards, Dr. Empson advocates for engaging students in mathematical dialogue, unpacking word problems, and using equal sharing problems as a foundation for fractional understanding.  Susan Empson is a co-author of the new book Extending Children’s Mathematics:  Fractions and Decimals.