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What they are saying about
Student/ Happy Kid
teachers who are using the tips on teaching listening, to
college students who want time to socialize, from professors
who teach teachers to 7th graders taking tests, Super
Student/Happy Kid! readers are captivated by the usefulness
of its advice and tips
"As I read
Student, I could not but remember how impressed I was as I
observed Ketchum's masterful interaction with students in the
classroom. Her writing in Super Student is an incisive
and instructive reinforcement of her performance as a
classroom teacher and as a teacher of teachers." Paul
Professor Emeritus, Teacher
education, Central Michigan University
"Sally Ketchum's 'Play
hard, study hard, but don't mix the two!" philosophy
helped me at Boston College and beyond. It is an idea I keep
handy to accomplish more and enjoy more in life" Jason Evans, Boston College, The University of
"Ketchum has the
background and keen professional insight needed to provide
parents and students with valuable information on how to study
and compete in today's schools."
Peterman, Superintendent, Elk Rapids Schools
"The tips are
wonderfully helpful. I think all kids can use them. I
especially like the category about tests. The test tips will
help ids who don't have much experience most of
all." Lauren Wilkinson, 7th grade,
Cherryland Middle School, Elk Rapids, Michigan
"Great ideas and well
presented-- clear to our cluttered minds. My favorite
section was Quiet." Cheryl Wall,
"Ketchum's Red Hot Tips
not only help me get 4.0's in class, but they also help me
approach my professors, keep my class work organized, and give
me ideas for socializing." Samantha Brown, 19, Northwestern Michigan College
"Ketchum writes with a
grace and elegance that has won her hundreds of diehard fans.
Her writing shows an obvious love of teaching and talent for
doing it creatively. She is bubbling with ideas of how to do
Anne Stanton, Editor and writer
"There are great tips.
You can use them for the infants and keep referring for years
Kim White, Mother of two elementary school
A book that will save all
students HOURS of work
A book that will save
education majors DAYS of work
"Make a large wall board
with chalkboard paint for a kid's room, and you might make a
mathematician." "Be kind to geeks." "The
rear corners of a classroom are a kiss of death," and
"Never be the first one to turn in a test."
STUDENT/ HAPPY KID!,
a book formatted to be accessible to the entire family, gives
hundreds of such tidbits, called
Hot Tips by author and popular
teacher, Sally Ketchum. The tips are sprinkled throughout the
book with 400 bonus tips in the last appendix.
STUDENT's forty chapters are grouped into sections.
The Self-Empowerment section deals with such
things as habits and humor, independence and influences, and
gives specific advice and exercises such as Affirmation and
Visualization which Ketchum explains in clear,
Facts of School Life
pages deal with the often mundane, but important aspects of
school: books, grades, teachers, and stress. Always
specific, the tips for stress, for instance, include
anti-stress foods, psyching up, clothing, and fresh air.
Ian Doten, a Wayne State
University Medical student, says, "each
time I faced a major project, assignment, or stressful
situation, Ketchum's tips and philosophies were right there:
simple, powerful, and highly applicable."
The Study Skills
cuts through much of the fog in today's education surrounding
high level thinking skills and various learning styles. The Three
R's discuss the basics, and The Cutting Edge
Unit gives both students and parents insight into giftedness
and leadership abilities.
The section of The Higher
Self perhaps distinguishes SUPER
STUDENT/ HAPPY KID! from other study guides since
it addresses such elevated subjects as quiet, honesty,
self-esteem (all-important in Ketchum's opinion), and the
concept of service. However the book keeps its practical and
With eight helpful appendices
featuring diagrams, directions, and samples of actual student
work, SUPER STUDENT/HAPPY KID! is
280 some pages of fresh advice which can be put into use by
student and parent easily, inexpensively, and immediately.
"You'll be a better
student, parent, or teacher for having read this book,"
says Lynne Olds, a Grosse Pointe elementary teacher.
"It's a delightful collection of practical ideas that
will expand your educational horizons."
Level Thinking Skills
of School Life
About the Author
Ketchum has worked with super students and happy kids from
kindergarteners to college students. Ketchum loves children,
animals (dogs, especially) and nature. She enjoys cooking and
cooks with philosophy and whim rather than recipes. Sally's
culinary ideas can be viewed regularly in her column for
the Traverse City, Michigan, Record-Eagle titled "In
the Kitchen with Sally Ketchum". Another interest,
gardening, encompasses 200 herbs, perennials, and old and
English roses. Her interest in the environment goes
hand-in-hand with wilderness island camping on an island in
and reading are a major part of Sally's life. She began by
publishing poetry in children's magazines and Detroit papers
while still a child, and her list of publications
includes many small magazines, academic journals, children's
magazines and a number of newspapers.
her teaching and writing have brought Sally awards, honors and
profiles, including a nomination for "Teacher of the
Year" and 3 nominations for "National Journalism
Teacher of the Year".
graduate of The University of Michigan, Ketchum is the mother
of three adult children and the mistress of three super and
Also by Sally
For Middle Readers
by Sally D. Ketchum
Incorporates higher level thinking skills for middle readers