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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.


Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 1

May 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness

It is normal for students to miss school because of illness. When an illness causes a child to miss more than a few days, it is difficult for him to get caught up when he returns. One of the hardest absences to handle is when... Read more
What To Do When You Don’t Get the Grade You Expected

May 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

Students usually have an idea what they will get on an assignment when they turn it in. Many times, they are right on the mark. But there are times when the grade is much lower than expected. It is important to find out what ... Read more
Preparing Young High Schoolers for College Success

Apr 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School, College

College planning is certainly not my specialty area, but I do listen when our college counselor talks to students and families. Here are some key points I have heard her say many times. Ninth grade matters. In most schools, t... Read more
Getting Teens To Open Up

Apr 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

One of the most common questions parents ask me about their teenage child is, “Is she normal?” They are usually concerned because their child, who used to be talkative and cheerful at home, is now surly; she answe... Read more
Hard Times Help Prepare Teens for the Road Ahead

Apr 15, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, once said, “Out of life’s school…what does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” I recently heard someone talking about school and how hard it is for so many s... Read more
Preparing To Take the Common Core Assessments

Apr 08, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Common Core Standards

Students in some schools across the country will take online tests on the Common Core curriculum this spring. These tests do not actually count, and many schools are exempt from giving their normal tests in order to participa... Read more
Simple Tips To Help Kids Communicate Better

Apr 01, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Texting, Teenagers, Livia McCoy

It would be hard to say whether teens communicate more digitally, such as texting or through social media, or by talking face-to-face. Judging from the noise I hear each day in the halls between classes, I would vote for face... Read more
How To Reduce School Anxiety

Mar 25, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Anxiety

Many students get anxious about school. Some worry about tests, which is understandable since often they make up the biggest part of the grade in a course. Others worry about doing homework, social situations, or some other a... Read more
Strategies for Kids With Attention Issues

Mar 18, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, ADHD

Students who have trouble paying attention in school need help in order to be successful. When the teacher explains what today’s lesson is about or tells his students what to do, children who cannot pay attention get le... Read more
Accurately Filling Out Forms: A Lost Skill?

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are some fundamental skills students need to learn that aren’t normally taught in school. On several occasions through the years, I have been responsible for collecting forms for an event such as a field trip. Typ... Read more