Math teaching method has kids get up and move

By Perry Russom

July 22, 2014 Updated Jul 22, 2014 at 9:36 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a newer way to teach math by having kids put down the electronics and get moving.

It's called "Math and Movement."

Kids learn how to add, subtract and multiply, while being active by jumping, skipping and moving.

This week, dozens of students and teachers from the northeast are at Ithaca College to learn the teaching tool.

"Kids learn faster when they're physically active," said Suzy Koontz, director of the National Math Foundation. "When you get kids up and (move), they learn at about five times the rate than if they're just sitting in a chair."

Koontz said after one day, teachers are already seeing results with their students.

The program has been around for six years.

While the kids are playing and learning, they keep notes in workbooks to track their progress.

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