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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 Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Mar 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Teens spend a lot of time on social networks. We have all heard of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook; but have you also heard of Whisper, Vine, and Yik Yak? It is difficult to keep up in the digital world when it is changing... Read more
When Learning and Teaching Styles Don't Mesh

Mar 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Each student has preferences for how he likes to learn, what kind of classroom makes him feel the most comfortable, and how his teacher likes to teach. Many times, students are in classrooms that do not match up with their le... Read more
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Feb 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Extracurricular Activities, After-School

Parents often ask me whether I think it is a good idea to allow their child to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities even though they are struggling in school. They feel the time would be better spent if th... Read more
Teens and Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

Feb 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School, Healthy Kids, Anxiety

When students smoke marijuana, they typically do not do well in school. I was curious about whether the recent state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use have affected the number of teens who smoke it regularly. A r... Read more
Pros and Cons of Flipped Classrooms

Feb 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Many teachers have flipped their classrooms. What was once taught in class is now homework, and what was once homework is completed in class. Teachers videotape their lessons, and students watch the lessons at home. In class ... Read more
Good School Attendance Is More Important Than Ever

Feb 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Regular attendance to school has always been important and a factor that leads to success. Now that schools across America are focusing on 21st century skills—those skills that prepare our students for living in the 21s... Read more
What Are “21st Century Skills” and Why Does Your Child Need Them?

Jan 27, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

There is a movement in education to improve what we are offering our students. Some schools have completely revamped their curriculum to make sure they are teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the infor... Read more
Some "Tricks" Can Help Teens With Anxiety

Jan 20, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy, Anxiety

In the last few years there seems to be an increasing number of kids who suffer from anxiety. I wanted to learn more about anxiety and how to help these kids. My journey began with a workshop with Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, a... Read more
A Free Tool To Help With Video Instruction

Jan 13, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For some students, watching videos is not a great way to learn. Attention or learning style differences can make it difficult to get much from a video, especially when it consists mostly of someone talking. Google has provide... Read more
A Strategy To Help Boost Comprehension

Jan 06, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, High School

When reading an academic textbook, students often lose track of the meaning, because there is too much information to hold in working memory. If the words in the text are already known and understood, the meaning is clear. Th... Read more