Learning through movement
Kinesthetic Learning Applied to Mathematics
The project “Math&Move” is designed for students aged 6 to 9, and is a part of the Erasmus+ project, whose goal is to use kinesthetic techniques for a better understanding of abstract mathematical concepts. By learning through play and body movements, students boost their imagination when acquiring mathematical knowledge and turn to more creative problem-solving.
There are already several initiatives that connect body language with learning in France and they are worth noting. Lara Thomas, a mathematician and university professor, uses body language to share concepts such as right angles, circles, vectors and matrices with students and young people in “Danse tes Maths” dance workshops. Performances and videos increase satisfaction and create opportunities to connect with a wider audience in a context of fruitful exchange.
Mathematician Marie Lhuissier brings mathematics to life with her musical storytelling shows, her geometric weaving and her snowflakes, as well as designing workshops that engage the imagination and body to create beauty.
Karel Martin, a former teacher, practices kinesiology, a set of gentle techniques to maintain or restore the overall balance of the children in her care. Based on brain exercise techniques and recent neurological research, she creates customised protocols for each of her young patients to remove blockages and work on reflexes, and she offers them the opportunity to rediscover the joy of learning.
Through an online programme called “Maths en mouvement”, which suggests exercises for students to play and move, initiatives such as those launched by the blog “Profissime” complete all this, but are still far from the complete picture.
Developing techniques and protocols that will enable young people to learn in a simple and natural way is the way to offer them the possibility to make the course material more acceptable to them. Invoking movement for the purpose of learning allows the body’s intelligence to be activated and intuition to awaken. Since then, sciences, especially mathematics, cease to be abstract and become an object of pleasure and exchange. The “Math&Move” project will respond to this problem over 24 months by creating, for the greater good of all, a panel of freely available tools for students and adults which will help them in that.