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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.


What if my Child Can’t do the Homework?

Jan 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

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
How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Their Homework Sessions

Jan 17, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning, Homework

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
A Notebook System That Aids With Organization

Jan 10, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, Homework

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
How can parents help with homework?

Jan 03, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

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
How are Children Identified to Receive Special Education Services?

Dec 29, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

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
Kids, Stress and How Parents Can Help

Dec 20, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

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
Using Pictures to Aid Vocabulary Memorization = Better Results

Dec 14, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

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
Stand up and Study More!

Dec 07, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Supplies, School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, ADHD

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
Creating a Friendly Environment for ADHD Children

Nov 30, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, ADHD

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
Does my Child Have Dysgraphia?

Nov 22, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

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