When Students Struggle
Livia McCoy teaches science to students with language learning disabilities at The New Community School in Richmond, Va. Her students are bright, college-bound adolescents who have difficulty with reading, spelling, or other components of language or math. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help them figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because of learning disabilities or attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school despite their learning differences.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.
When children consistently have difficulty with homework it is important to communicate this concern with your child’s teacher. With the teacher’s help you may be able to identify the source of the problem and fig... Read more
In an earlier blog post I discussed ways parents can help their children learn more from homework.
Here are a few additional suggestions that can help make homework time less stressful for students who struggle in school.
Pr... Read more
Students with organizational difficulties often struggle in school. If extreme, they can be the reason for school failure. In order to do well in school, a student needs to complete the correct homework assignments each nig... Read more
Most teachers give homework to their students. But, many students struggle with homework, and homework time is miserable. As parents we wonder, "Why do children need homework?"
Having independent work to do outside of schoo... Read more
Have you heard teachers say something like, "We can’t identify your child for special education because we have not gone through the response to intervention process yet"? Ever since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)... Read more
Parents often think about their carefree childhood. They forget that those days were not always so carefree. It is true that children do not worry about paying the bills or losing their jobs like adults do. But t... Read more
Some students do all right on daily work, but when it comes time to take the test—they fail. I currently have a student in my chemistry class who says he just cannot learn new vocabulary. He says that he can understand... Read more
After my posting on creating a friendly environment for ADHD children, I heard from several people about how much they like the stand-up desks. One felt it would be great for him rather than his children. Another says she p... Read more
Many people need to wiggle while they learn. Because this can be a distraction to other students, students with ADHD need to learn how to move without disturbing others. I have taught students how to kick their foot so that... Read more
At the risk of causing a controversy, I am going to tell you what I think dysgraphia is! The reason I say this is controversial is that the definition of dysgraphia has changed through the years, and I disagree with the dire... Read more