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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.


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
In Math (and In Life), Which is More Important—the Process or the Outcome?

Jul 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Special Education, Math, Livia McCoy, Homework, Division

I was reading an article about the state of special education in American schools. There was a statement in the article that essentially said that schools “value the process over the outcome.” I began to wonder wh... Read more
Will Dyslexic Children Go Undiagnosed After DSM-5?

Jul 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Reading, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is used by doctors who diagnose learning differences like dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder. In the spring of 2013, the 5th edition of the DSM will be p... Read more
Birdwatching Can Be Fun and Easy for Kids Struggling With Reading

Jun 27, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Kids Learning

Does your middle school child love birds, but then he gets frustrated when trying to identify them? Many children do. Unfortunately, field guides that help identify birds can be really hard to use, especially for children who... Read more
Kids With Learning Disabilities Are Actually Quite Smart

Jun 21, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia

Students who are labeled LD (learning disabled) struggle in school and feel like they are not smart. In fact, a lot of people believe this to be true. But, if you ask many highly successful adults about their school experienc... Read more
Student Learning Styles: What Is Episodic Memory?

Jun 12, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy

How do we make memories? There are many explanations for how memory works. Memory, however, is much more complicated than any one theory can explain. I have blogged before about memory strategies as well as several times abou... Read more