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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.


Accommodating for a Spelling Disability

Feb 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What if when you stored a word in your memory the letters in the word got switched around? And, every time you access it, the letters may or may not go back in there the same way. When you try to spell the word it comes out... Read more
Homework Struggles - When to Talk to the Teacher

Feb 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework

In an earlier post I mentioned that there are some students who need to have their homework assignments modified for one reason or another. If your child is really struggling with homework, consider whether modifying their h... Read more
Basic Math Facts are the key to Success in Higher Level Math

Feb 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

If your adolescent is struggling in math you need to know for sure that he knows his basic math facts to an automatic level. By “automatic level,” I mean he does not have to expend mental energy remembering them.... Read more
Does My Child Need a Laptop for School?

Jan 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many parents contact me to ask whether they should buy a laptop for their child. In today’s technological world, we tend to think that every child needs a computer of their own. In reality, there are many factors to con... Read more
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