Classroom pack of 20 of the award-winning books Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today's Wired World
. Perfect to teach social skills, job skills, and life skills.
Includes FREE Teaching Guide PDF ($39.95 value!)
A CRASH COURSE in social skills for teens to ensure success in school, work and life. The solution to get teens to put down the electronics (and feel good about it!), make eye contact, and have a conversation! For middle and high school age kids. Perfect supplement book for teaching 21st Century Skills, face-to-face communication, and to prepare students for a job and career. Perfect for career and technical education. Ideal for character education, character development and homeschool. Lexile: 720L. Softcover. 131 pages. Grades 6-12. Ages 12+.
* 20 Smile & Succeed for Teens books
* FREE "Smile & Succeed for Teens Teaching Guide" PDF ($39.95 value!) emailed to you upon purchase.
Triple Award Winner!
-Teachers' Choice Award for the Classroom
-Mom's Choice Gold Award honoring excellence
-IPPY Gold Award recognizing excellence.
Schools Using Smile & Succeed for Teens:
-Huron Valley School District
-Oakland ISD/Oakland Schools (MI)
-Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek
-Washtenaw ISD Special Education
-Lapeer County ISD Career Education
-Dunckel Middle School
-Our Lady of the Lakes Middle School
-Muir Middle School
-White Lake Middle School
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Perfect for homeschooling too!
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"GREAT book for teens! Your book is all the rage!"
--Tammy Hansford, Teacher Consultant, Washtenaw ISD, MI
“I love your book! It was a quick and easy read. It is perfect for any teen looking to get that first job and not only succeed in getting the job, but keeping the job. It’s common sense to us, but not to today’s technology connected students. I also liked how they connected activities students are already doing and interested in, into first time job opportunities. The book provides information that a parent may or may not provide to their teen. Even if they did, we know teens don’t always listen to their parents. My own kids, just by seeing the cover, wanted to take a look at it. The ideas presented could be easily incorporated into the classroom. I think it should be on every Career Development Practitioner/Counselor’s bookshelf!”
—Jennifer Kluesner, Oakland Schools (MI), Regional Career Development and Career Cruising Coordinator
"A great book for teens with autism."
--Holly Fadie, Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston Children's Hospital
"A direct, helpful guide without wasted words or time."
--Metro Parent Magazine
"It definitely has the potential to be a total life changing book..."
--The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"Our staff love the books in our Young Adult programs. Thanks!"
--Dr. Jennifer Scott-Burton, Executive Director , Special Education, Washtenaw ISD
--Midwest Book Review
"It is the execution of common people skills which make a difference in the customer experience. Smile & Succeed for Teens tackles these issues. You got it right!"
--Robert Lameier, President & CEO, Miami Savings Bank
“I am a high school teacher and I’m always on the lookout for something that will actually help teens. I have little interest in books that appeal to teachers but have no appeal to the students. This book has that appeal. What I like about the book is that Kirt Manecke never put in a lot of the padding you see in most books on the subject. Kirt gets right to the point. I can tell you that teenagers want to get to the point quickly and this book does just that. While a teen might not encounter everything in the book, Manecke makes sure that everything is at your fingertips. I can recommend this book to parents of youngsters who are, or who will soon be, teenagers. I can also recommend it to my teaching colleagues who are looking for a perfect structure for a class that will really help teens.”
—Mark Ackley, high school teacher, CA
"This is a book every teenager will enjoy reading as they develop those essential people skills needed for success."
—San Diego Book Review
“There are two major problems for which schools are in great need of subject material: One is personal finance. The other is people skills. Your books solve the HUGE people skills issue! They are right on!”
—Mary Gibson, owner, Secondary Teacher’s Store, MI
"As a youth serving professional, I am struck at how simple and direct this book is with wonderful tools for teens. It is written in accordance with the concrete nature of teen brain development. Many know that the adolescent brain is developed except for the pre frontal cortex which is not completely developed until the mid twenties. The prefrontal cortex is where executive cognitive functioning and decision making takes place. Young people need these simple skills for making friends, getting a job, succeeding in school, and working toward their hopes and dreams. This book is a must have! Thank you Kirt Manecke for caring enough about young people to give them another tool for their toolbox on the road to success. This book showcases how easy it is to be above average!"
"Fantastic book! Every teen should have this as mandatory reading in their repertoire of social tools. Too many teens have no idea of social interaction without a keyboard. Technology has left, in its wake, a generation of folks who cannot function without a keypad in their hands. Mr. Manecke brings to the teen level a set of skills and actions that have almost vanished from a teen’s personality. “Look them in the eye”, a “firm handshake, and even the taken for granted “please and thank you” are just a few of the points that seem to be fading away with teenagers.
I’ve used this book with my own grandchildren and was frankly shocked at their surprise that all this positive behavior not only exists but can enhance a person’s everyday life. Most from my generation and older assume that many of the points made in this book are the norm and cannot understand how young people’s communication skills are totally lacking in depth, meaning, and execution.
Many of the teachers I work with in the upper elementary level are now using this book as part of their own curriculums and the results are both immediate and noticeable. The illustrations are excellent. It is long enough to be thorough and complete, but not so long that it loses the reader. The people skills are spot on and can be applied to anything from social interaction to job interviews, to the written word. Five stars is not enough to do this book justice!!!! I highly recommend it to parents, educators, even grandparents. Thanks so much Mr. Manecke!"
—Phyllis Brantingham, Media Tech, Elementary School, Highland, MI
"What a fantastic book that teens can really use! As a teacher, I was shocked at how much teens rely solely on technology today and how many teens are severely lacking everyday people skills. After reading this book myself, I knew that I needed to share it with my middle schoolers. We read most of the book together in class, while practicing many of the chapters with each other. For instance, none of my students knew how to properly shake someone's hand, and by using the book's phenomenal illustrations, we were able to all get it right. Chapters "Smile,” “Pay Attention,” “Turn Off Electronics,” and “Say Please and Thank You” definitely improved my overall classroom environment, and although practicing the chapter “Make Good Eye Contact” was extremely awkward for most students, I noticed a complete change in their confidence as they left my classroom. Throughout the rest of the year, I caught many of my students mirroring the behaviors found in this book and many of them thanked me for sharing it. A good number of them even asked how they could purchase one for themselves!
After our 8th grade graduation, where the students received their “diplomas” after shaking the principal’s hand, the principal came up to me and admitted that she had never seen a group of students who knew how to shake hands so properly and look her in the eye. I smiled to myself and knew that this book had worked! I would recommend this book to any classroom or teen, whether you are working on behavior, writing a resume, finding jobs in the real world, or even volunteering for a Service Learning Project, this book has it all! Overall, this book is a true handbook for any teenager living in today’s wired world."
—Alicia Quintana, Middle School Teacher, Flat Rock, MI
"Now I know when to have my phone out and when not to."
"Now I know how to act in an interview."
"The book is effective as I am not the best with eye contact."
"I like the tips and directions on smiling and how to shake hands."
"I learned how not smiling can affect me. I am glad I read it."
"I use this book to prepare for an interview, get a job, learn how to speak to adults, and more."
"This book is very helpful as I often look down when I talk and I also have bad posture."