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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.


Help Your Kids Cope With Stress in Healthy Ways

Jul 08, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Healthy Kids

Tim Elmore, an expert on growing leadership in today’s youth, recently wrote, “…students who are emotionally fragile often struggle with addictive behavior…[a]ddictions [that] often begin as coping m... Read more
Executive Functioning Practice During the Summer

Jul 01, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Executive Functioning

The ability to plan, initiate, and carry out daily activities takes place in the part of the brain just behind the forehead. We call this ability executive functioning. It involves the ability to be flexible, to control one&r... Read more
Encourage Students To Practice Handwriting

Jun 24, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Handwriting

I started to write my blog this week about why there are so many students in middle and upper school who cannot write legibly. I was going to place the blame on lack of instruction, too little practice, or poor pencil grip. L... Read more
Help Students Set Reasonable Goals

Jun 17, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Gifted and Talented

Children need to learn how to set reasonable goals for themselves. In the last few weeks, I have worked with several students who were disappointed in themselves and truly upset about how their final grades turned out. Their ... Read more
10 Things New Graduates Should Know

Jun 10, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

The class of 2014 has now graduated. I always have mixed emotions when students leave after several years of working together. I remember all the struggles along the way, and how they made it through those struggles to gradua... Read more
In a Digital World, Many Students Prefer Printed Books

Jun 03, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Will there ever be a day when there are no real books in schools? This question comes up periodically when we discuss how we should prepare students for the twenty-first century. I hope the answer is “Of course not!&rdq... Read more
In Summer Months, Practice School Skills as a Family

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In just a few weeks, school will close for the summer! It is important that students have some time for fun and relaxation while off. There are some skills, however, that students need to practice even through the summer mont... Read more
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 2

May 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Last week’s blog, Returning to School After a Concussion (Part 1), was about concussions and how difficult it is for students to catch up with schoolwork after the necessary extended absence for cognitive rest. Once stu... Read more
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