Our core math program is the Houghton Mifflin Series. In addition, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) problem solving is incorporated as our Signature Practice. CGI is an educational philosophy applied to the content area of mathematics. CGI is based on 20 years of research and centers on mathematical problem solving. The focus is on children’s thinking, and students are asked to explain their reasoning process, share their explanations with the class, and justify their strategies. Teachers learning to use the CGI method are given intensive professional development. All teachers at Tustin Memorial are trained in CGI.
The Mission: the Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. For more information click the following link: http://www.corestandards.org
All students in grades 1-5 are grouped for reading at their instructional level to provide enrichment opportunities and extra support where needed. A team of trained Reading Specialists provide additional classroom help.