When Students Struggle
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.
|During the Holiday Break, Take Time Off to Relax and Enjoy Your Children
Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, High School, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School
Students who struggle in school need the holiday to rest, relax, and have some fun. When school is in session, they put forth more effort than other students. Additionally, they are spending time doing things they rea... Read more
Note: Please read Livia McCoy's earlier post that defines working memory, before reading this blog post. Otherwise, it may not make much sense!
Imagine that your daughter has not mastered cursive handwriting. This is a likely... Read more
Parents and teachers have a tendency to tell children what they are doing wrong. That’s our job, isn’t it? But wouldn’t it be better to tell them how to do things right instead?
“You need to keep worki... Read more
Students in my Science, Technology, and Society class are just beginning to work on their research papers. Mark (name is changed, of course) was particularly stressed about choosing his topic. He said things like, “I am... Read more
|What If My Child Refuses To Do Homework?
Nov 22, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School
More than once parents have asked me what to do when their child refuses to do her homework, with a refrain that goes something like this: “This math is stupid. When will I ever use it? I’m not going to do it.&rdq... Read more
|Test and Improve Your Child's Working Memory
Nov 15, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School
Having a good working memory is important for school success. When we are engaged in problem solving or learning something new, we have to manipulate ideas in our brains. We might be trying out new things and figuring out ho... Read more
Memory is a complicated process. Most of us are familiar with short-term memory, the place where new information goes before it gets stored in long-term memory for later use. Most psychologists now agree that there is yet an... Read more
Many students do not know the best methods to use when studying for a test.
According to Jeffrey D. Karpicke, a researcher at Purdue University, a lot of students don't understand that they can't be looking at wha... Read more
|Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference
Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School
Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
|A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation
Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School
Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more