I love to create. I think it is what draws me to the internet incessantly and what has turned into being my favorite part of teaching - well 2nd behind interacting with the students. The idea of a blank slate and unlimited possibilities. Sitting and thinking, showering and thinking, driving and thinking, I am always thinking of the next lesson. I have countless notes jotted on paper and and digital platforms just ready to be made into something or to fall by the wayside when a better idea hits. The work after the idea is always more gratifying when it begins with a crisp idea. Then to shape the idea akin to a potter and his clay (seems like an overuse analogy) is half the fun. It's the challenge, battling seemingly only against myself or what happens to be in my head at that time. There is something about crafting something from nothing, standing back and admiring what you have done knowing that it will be used by myself and others to get students to understand math and hopefully appreciate it more.
I love to create these engaging lessons for the benefit of my students. They love them, they learn from them, and it enhances the educational experience. But that's not the only reason I create them. I create them because I love to create.