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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.


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
How to Foster a Positive Parent-Teacher Relationship for Your Child’s Benefit

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Livia McCoy

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several days teaching at a new teachers’ institute. We worked together on all sorts of things new teachers need to know before beginning their careers. One of the workshops was about commu... Read more
Have Kids Learn to Touch Type Before Going Back to School

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

A friend of mine asked me, “I’ve got three more weeks of summer left before the kids go back to school. Is there anything I can do that will help Emily do better this year?” My response was, “Teach her... Read more
Back to School after Summer Vacation—6 Ways to Help Your Child Be Ready to Learn

Aug 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Back to School

Let’s face it: Kids don’t come to school for the reason we would like them to! They come to school primarily to socialize and have fun. This is especially true when they’ve been off for the summer and haven... Read more
Back to School: College Options for Students Who Struggle in School

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, College

As students prepare to go back to school, parents of those students who find middle and high school difficult may worry about their child’s future. Many students who struggle believe college is not an option for them. W... Read more
Back-to-School Shopping: Color-Coded School Supplies Can Help With Organization

Jul 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Homework

In an earlier blog post I wrote about a color-coded notebook system that helps disorganized students stay organized. Students who are visual learners benefit from using color to help them keep up with everything. Color can he... Read more
Know Your School’s Dress Code When Shopping for Back to School

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Clothes, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Part of my responsibility at our school is to monitor what students wear, making sure they follow the dress code. Middle school students like to push the limits of the dress code; that’s expected from adolescents when t... Read more