This week was very busy! I accomplished numerous tasks, such as working with Dr. Math, creating video scenarios for the different PoWs, completing this week’s Problems of the Week in Math Fundamentals, Algebra, and Trig & Calc, posted my “noticings” and “wonderings” on the PoW Blog, and navigated through the Math Tools website to look for broken links. However, the most exciting task I took on this week was creating the Primary PoW Teacher Packets! I worked on my first packet called Goldfish Galore and was able to add the problem to the word document with its picture, fill in the “Answer Check” portion of the packet with the answer to the question and suggestions of why or why not a student may have gotten the problem wrong or right, and come up with up to five methods of how to solve the problem. Some of the methods included writing out a number sentence, drawing a picture, using manipulatives, acting it out, and using I notice, I wonder. I was able to draw pictures for some of the methods on my iPad as well and add them to the packets which was really fun! I really enjoy making the packets and I think it is great practice for me as a future teacher because it is very similar to creating lesson plans. I think it also helps me to be more open to using more than one method to teach students math and stray away from the traditional method of just lecturing. I always thought math was the one of the most difficult subjects to teach because of the way I was taught at a young age. I always had the material and formulas lectured to me and then I was given worksheets to work on. I was lucky enough to be one of those students who really understood the material, but many of my classmates just couldn’t get it. However, creating these teacher packets has shown me how relating math to real world situations and subjects that the students can relate too, like sports and food, can really help the students to grasp the information better. I think math is one of those things you either get or don’t get, but if teachers open their eyes to new methods of teaching and use technology and manipulatives in the classroom, they may be able to get through to more of their students.