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Spirit of Acadiana: Cathedral-Carmel makes learning math fun

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Math may be high on most people's list of important subjects, but not so high on lists of favorite subjects. So how do teachers get kids to enjoy learning numbers? KATC's Scott Brazda visited Cathedral Carmel school to find out in today's Spirit of Acadiana.

It's all about the numbers, shapes, and equations that are getting student's brains rocking at Cathedral-Carmel School in Lafayette. The faculty and teachers have embraced mathematics with their schoolwide enrichment showcase called "Do the Math."

The program features a number of "hands-on" exhibitions spotlighting math skills learned from students on all grade levels. And while teachers have established the framework, in this showcase, it's the kids who are truly driving the educational bus.

Students become the teachers as their fellow students spend nearly an hour going to different booths to engage in a bit of peer-to-peer training

School administrators say that standardized test scores suggested that there is always room for improvement. Instead of holding class or conferences, these math students are going bowling with a bit of adding and subtracting. 

"The showcase is all about addressing needs in fun ways," says Greig Ashurst, Technology Director at Cathedral-Carmel. " We target those needs and build lessons around that, and share them at this convention."

You "Do the Math," and what's happening at Cathedral, seems to be adding up.

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