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.
Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress. We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome. Children have to pass a certain... Read more
I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
Most parents are aware that children need to have multisensory instruction at school in order to learn things like math, english, science, or history. But, many of us have not really thought about the need for the same strat... Read more
I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
For several years I have been experimenting with voice-to-text software for my students who have difficulty writing for themselves. The students who need it the most had very little success with it! Well, actually I didn&rs... Read more
Children who struggle in school often process language more slowly than other children. Many times parents and teachers ask a child a question and then make the mistake of not allowing them enough time to think and respond. ... Read more
Children with learning differences may have problems socially (see Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies).
According to the Pacer Center, "children who bully suffer as much as those they target. They ar... Read more
Some children who struggle with their schoolwork also struggle with social skills. This is especially true of children who have nonverbal learning disabilities. They may not pick up on normal social cues like other children... Read more
My heart broke just a little when one of my students recently told me, "I’m just ready to give up." I thought a lot about him and what might help him feel better about himself.
Children who struggle in school need some... Read more
Webbing is a great study strategy for some students. It is especially good for visual learners and those who need to see the "big picture" -- the ones who focus on the overall concept rather than the details that support it.... Read more