We're gearing into our most math heavy unit involving lots of word problems and graphing. And I must say this is always a tough time for me. In my science methods courses, I learned a lot about how to make science fun and engaging, by doing labs and hands on activities, but having never taken any math methods courses, I don't really know how to make math more interesting. Today we were doing word problems and kids looked like they were literally melting away. I did whiteboards with them today, but it was a little awkward for word problems, and they were pretty complex word problems. The kids just wanted to doodle, and I didn't let them do that (because they were trying to doodle while I was talking or instead of doing the problem), so they weren't pleased. So I was wondering if any math people could share with me some ideas about how they make their subject more interesting and engaging for students.