Monday, November 26, 2012

Math Game Monday ~ Percents & Proportions Common Core Task Cards

Happy Monday!  It's back to school for me today after a wonderful week off for Thanksgiving!

Math Game Monday for this week is another idea that works more like a station than a true game, but my students seem to think anything that's not typical paper-and-pencil is just as fun as a game.

I'm right smack in the midst of teaching percents and proportions with real-world context.  Common Core cover so many different uses for percents and/or proportions in one little standard, MCC7.RP, that it might catch you by surprise when you actually break the standard apart and start to teach it!

Percents & Proportions ~ Common Core Real World Task Cards covers ALL those different uses.  Click on the image below to see this product in my TPT Store.

This product contains 24 task cards which focus on CCSS MCC7.RP.

They are all about using percents and proportions in the real-world!

Concepts addressed include:

Sales Tax
Percent Increase
Percent Decrease
Amount of Discount
Discounted Sales Price
Percent Error

Several cards are multi-step and include 2 or more of the concepts listed above.

I've included a Student Answer Sheet as well as an Answer Key!

As always, I recommend printing these on card stock and laminating for longer, more durable use in the classroom.

Don't forget about the Cyber Monday plus Tuesday Sale going on over at TPT.  If you buy this product today or tomorrow, you'll save 20% from me and an additional 10% from TPT.  That's a total of 28% OFF!  Just use Code CMT12 when you check out for the extra 10% OFF!

Leave a comment below with your email address to enter the drawing to win a free copy of this product!  {If you purchase this product and are then selected as a winner, you may choose another product of the same value to receive for free by email!}

Enjoy :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Barbara's Sunday Visit ~ Taking Care of Yourself!

Join me in giving Barbara another warm and cozy welcome as she makes her monthly visit with us!  

This post comes at a perfect time as we wind down one holiday and quickly gear up for a few more.

Make Wellness A Priority by Barbara Gruener

Happy holidays from The Corner on Character. I hope that this time of the year finds you taking good care of yourself so that you can thoroughly enjoy the festivities of the season. Those of us in the helping profession may have to take extra measures to assure that we don't succumb to compassion stress, burnout or fatigue. I recently attended a training on Resilience and came away with some important information and insights.

1. Know these critical distinctions and definitions:

Occupational Burnout – Plain old job burnout stems from dissatisfaction with the work environment. (Figley, 2011) 
Psychological Burnout – The experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in one’s work that is often corrected by changing work settings or clients. (Altman & Jackson, 2005)
Compassion Stress – The perceived demands derived from experiencing the suffering of others and wanting to help relieve this in some way. (Figley, 1995; 2005) 
Compassion Fatigue  The experience of short-term exhaustion and traumatic stress reactions associated with exposure to the suffering of one’s clients. (Boscarino, Figley, & Adams 2004) The weariness that comes from caring. (Johnson, 1997)

Compassion Satisfaction – The perceived joys derived from experiencing the suffering of others and succeeding in helping relieve it in some way. (Figley, 2002)

2. Assess your level of compassion satisfaction against your propensity for burnout or fatigue. Visit the ProQOL Measure website {here} to take the self-test.
3. Create a self-care action plan. Think of one to three specific ways in which you can care for yourself in these six areas.
Physically?  I will take a three-mile walk at least 3X weekly.
Socially? I will attend a monthly girls night out.
Emotionally? I will make daily entries in my blessings book.
Financially? I will put $50.00 in an emergency fund each week.
Spiritually? I will pause at noon each day to meditate or pray.
Intellectually? I will read for professional growth twice weekly.

Self-reflection questions to guide your plan:  What are you already doing that you will continue to do? What can you change and/or do differently?

Make a commitment and share your plan with a self-care accountability buddy. Then, do it! Keep a log so that you can celebrate successes; the better you are to yourself, the more you'll have to give to others. 

Here's to a joy-filled and fatigue-free holiday.

Thanks for those awesome ideas, Barbara!  I really love the Self-Care quote.  It's so easy for us to let that slide.  I know I need to step back and get a plan in action now.  How about you?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Are You Ready For the Sales???

Two quick reminders...then it's back to decorating the tree!

The HUGE sale on Teachers Notebook has already started...and lasts until midnight Monday.  I'm offering 25% OFF and TN is adding an additional 10% OFF your purchases.

Click on the image below to head over to my shop.

On a side note, I had a freebie featured in the Teachers Notebook newsletter today!  Click on the screenshot to see the entire newsletter.  Lots and lots of great stuff included!!!

Also, the Teachers Pay Teachers' Cyber Monday {plus Tuesday} sale begins...well, Monday.

Start filling that wish list so you'll be ready to place your order before heading out the door to work bright and early Monday morning.

All my products there are 20% OFF and TPT is also adding another 10% OFF with the code CMT12.

Click the image to visit my TPT Store!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

HUGE Thanksgiving Weekend Sale on Teachers Notebook

{Thanks to Tanja from Journey of a Substitute Teacher for creating this graphic!}

I'm putting everything in my Teachers Notebook Shop on sale for a HUGE 25% OFF!

On top of that, Teachers Notebook is offering an additional 10% OFF!

The sale starts Saturday and runs through midnight Monday.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to take just a few seconds of your day to 
wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I truly am thankful for each of you!

Enjoy a great day with your friends and family!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cyber Monday...PLUS Tuesday! It's Coming!!!

You know you've been waiting for this since....last year's Cyber Monday!

And so have we!

A bunch of us are linking up together to spread the word and help advertise each other's awesome products.

You can see a list of those amazing bloggy buddies below.

Just remember to enter the code CMT12 at checkout to receive an additional 10% from TPT.  This is on top of the 20% sale I'm you a total of 28% Off.

Here are a few of my top-selling products that you may want to check out.

Go ahead and put them on your wish list today so you'll be ready bright and early on Cyber Monday morning!!!


And here are a few newer products are well on their way...

Head on over to The 3AM Teacher to link up as well!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful Linky & A Winner!

I know I've already posted once today, but hey, I'm at home all week.  I have some extra time on my hands {that I should be using to clean}.

I wanted to link up with Stephanie from Teaching In Room 6's Thanking My Fellow Bloggers Party.  So I'm doing that right now!

This past year or so has really opened up a whole new world to me.  I never imagined I could have so much fun sitting at my computer!

Blogging has made me a better teacher, without a doubt.  All the collaboration that goes on between us is amazing as well.  It really is like an extended family {that you may like better than some of your really} that you just never met in person.

I've got several bloggers I'm very thankful for.  I'll spare you the time of reading all the details and just give you a button list instead.  They know why I appreciate them so!  Each has encouraged or inspired me in a special way!

I'll call them the Sweet 16!

joyin6th Homepage


Corkboard Connections



Innovative Connections

Thanks to each of you from the bottom of my heart!

Now for the winner of yesterday's Math Game Monday drawing.

According to, the winner is...

Erin S.!

Keep an eye on your inbox Erin!  Thanks to all who played along yesterday!

Enjoy :)