Eric Buxton, a math teacher at the South Middle School in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, recently opened a classroom restaurant to celebrate students who correctly applied their math skills to real life scenarios.
Buxton’s classroom restaurant was called “Big Bux,” a play on words to teach math. During class, students were tasked with calculating their total restaurant bill, taxes and tip for a variety of patrons.
Students who responded correctly were invited to enjoy a meal with their peers. However, before they could dine, they had to expand on the same math problem. This time, the students needed to calculate the bill, taxes and tip for everyone at their table.
The Big Bux Restaurant, with the help of teacher Lana Versweyveld, served delicious fried chicken, salad, ziti, rice, and more, while reinforcing math skills in the real world.