I’m a math educator at the Math Forum @ Drexel University. “Math educator” is a purposefully open-ended label. I write problems and supporting materials for our Problems of the Week, observe, mentor, coach, and develop PD for teachers in grades K-12, teach *Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement in Grades 3-8* as part of the Math Forum’s online PD program and two electives in Drexel’s Mathematics Learning and Teaching Master’s program (*Teaching Math with the Geometer’s Sketchpad* and *Learning and Teaching Calculus with the Geometer’s Sketchpad*, both of which are also available as Math Forum online PD), occasionally tweet as @MFAnnie, speak at conferences and workshops, and ride my bicycle to work as often as I can.

Hi Annie,

Thanks for speaking with me at the conference on Saturday. I subscribed to the POW, and am in the process of implementing the process in my classroom. I have several questions. First, I am putting together two separate questions for my upcoming lesson on converting customary units. I’m trying to create them so there are multiple problem-solving strategies possible for each. Here is what I have so far:

1. A faucet drips every 2 seconds. What strategies would be appropriate for this scenario. Do you have suggestions to make the scenario applicable to more strategies?

2. One container holds 3 gallons. Another holds 20 quarts. Jon would like to drink 4 gallons. Strategies? Suggestions?

Also, for the fruit scenario Suzanne posed on Saturday, what strategies are appropriate? I’m doing that one with my students now.

Thanks so much!

Jon

Annie — We love the Youtube Video of your Noticing and Wonderings presentation! I’m hoping you will have more ideas and thoughts to post on your blog about it soon! Thanks!

Hi, Beth. I’m glad you liked it! I’m thinking that the beginning of the school year would be a good time to revisit that idea, and then maybe some of you who have seen the video can share some specific ideas that you’re hoping to use. Look for that post soon!