So this apparently is big news in Myrtle Beach. A middle school math teacher actually took her kids *out of the classroom* to teach them math. In the school cafeteria, the students converted decimals to percents and found surface area and volume — as they were cooking up some healthy eats.

Ya’ll, seriously. This is what how we use math as grownups.

(Okay, so the surface area and volume is a bit of a stretch.)

If you think doing math is about chalkboards and protractors, you’re flat out wrong. (Besides schools use dry erase boards these days.)

Math is about getting your hands dirty, sketching a picture on a scrap piece of paper, doing some quick calculations on the iPhone. Most of all, math is about solving *real* problems — not those silly things that have something to do with trains in Omaha — and coming to these solutions in creative and sensible ways. (There. I said it: creative *and* sensible.)

Look, I like what this teacher is doing. And so do her students:

“You learn it better because you enjoy doing it,” said Maya Bougebrayel, who made a vegetable chicken stir fry with teammates Allison Klein and Carlisa Singleton. The girls, all 13, agreed that the project put a creative spin on learning and made it easier for those who are visual learners.

But if it wasn’t such a novel idea, wouldn’t grownups be better at math? Feel free to chime in in the comments section.