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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.


Little Things Can Help a Struggling Student

Nov 01, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Sometimes I don’t totally understand why something I do helps a student! A couple of weeks ago I gave a chemistry test. I had several phone calls from one of my student’s parents and five emails from her son telli... Read more
When a Child Struggles to Read: What a Parent Needs to Know

Oct 25, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Every child needs to learn how to read well. When reading does not come easily, it affects every part of life. Thanks to research conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we know th... Read more
Forming a Parent-Teacher Partnership to Help a Struggling Child

Oct 18, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

When parents and schools work together, children benefit. According to a report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children ... Read more
Is my Child Working Hard Enough in School?

Oct 12, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

My last blog (about skills versus intelligence) mentioned that some parents and teachers think children are not trying when in reality they are working very hard. It is a concern that I have for struggling students, because j... Read more
Low Skills do not Mean Low Intelligence

Oct 05, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School, ADHD

Many students who struggle in school are called “lazy and dumb” by their peers and at some times even by a teacher or parent! This is extremely hurtful and unnecessary. First of all, you cannot always tell whethe... Read more
What does it mean to have a "sequencing" problem?

Sep 28, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

The first year we had a girl’s softball team at the school where I teach, one of the girls on the team was very athletic. She could throw and hit the ball well, and she could run very fast. In the first game of the se... Read more
How Learning Disabilities Affect a Parent’s Emotions

Sep 20, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

When a child struggles in school, their parents experience a range of emotions -- frustration, anger, hopelessness, and guilt. In the beginning, we feel the problems in school have to be because the child is not trying. We fu... Read more
Options for Helping a Struggling Student

Sep 13, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

When a child is struggling in school, we have three choices for ways to help. We can remediate, accommodate, or teach the child to compensate. If at all possible, we should fix the problem. The best example of this is a chi... Read more
School is not life

Sep 10, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Back to School, ADHD

Some students do well in school and others do not. Have you ever wondered why? We are all different! When my husband and I travel in areas where we are not familiar (and when we do not have our GPS to guide us), it is bette... Read more