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When Students Struggle

Livia McCoy
Livia McCoy spent many years teaching upper school science. She currently serves as Dean of Student Support at The Steward School in Richmond, VA. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help every student figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because they think differently or have attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.


Developmental Differences in Thinking Ability

Nov 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

When children are very young, they can only think about concrete things—objects they can actually see or touch. The curriculum in early elementary school begins with things that are concrete. For example, science instru... Read more
Fairness Doesn’t Mean Treating All Kids the Same

Nov 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

  “That’s not fair!” Parents and teachers hear this often. What children don’t always understand is that treating students fairly does not mean treating them all alike. Even adults sometimes say t... Read more
School Might Be Hard, but Life Doesn't Have To Be

Oct 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Recently, I watched a 30 minute documentary produced by HBO called I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences. It is an excellent film that shows several children with learning di... Read more
A Fun Game To Improve Working Memory

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Fun Learning Activities

  Working memory is not a new topic for my blog. I have mentioned it several times before. It is an important topic to learn about because students who have working memory issues often struggle more in school. Essentiall... Read more
Some Children Just Need Time To Think

Oct 11, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

Young children take more time to process information than older kids do. Parents and teachers have a tendency to speak too quickly for them, and they get confused easily. Remember Mr. Rogers? He spoke very slowly to children... Read more
Successful Study Habits: How To Highlight Effectively

Oct 04, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy

Highlighting can be a great study strategy, especially in the early stages of learning. (It is limited, of course, to worksheets or books students own.) It can help you find information later to review it or make study cards ... Read more
Make the Most of Parents Night

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Parents night (also called back-to-school night) is a big event at our school. Almost all of our families are represented by one or both parents. It is a time to get a feeling for the atmosphere in the school and find out ... Read more
When Your Child Has a Chronic Health Illness

Sep 18, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

When children have chronic health concerns, it is more important than ever for the parents and school to form a partnership for the benefit of the child. The National Institutes of Health has an excellent guide that instructs... Read more
Help Your Kids Handle Back-to-School Anxiety

Sep 05, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

    One day this week was set aside as orientation for new students at the school where I teach. Our middle school dean of students mentioned to me that he was very nervous. When I asked him if it was because he was... Read more
We're All Different and Have Individual Learning Styles

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

As I was reading comments people posted to some of my earlier blogs, I realized how different we are from each other. This is a good thing! We need diversity in order to thrive as a society. There were several comments on my ... Read more