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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.


Machine-Scored Bubble Forms Can Cause Problems for Some Students

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Test Scores, Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Multiple choice and true/false tests are often evaluated using bubble-type, machine-scored forms. This is extremely helpful for teachers who have lots of papers to grade. But students who have visual-motor integration problem... Read more
You Can Be Good at Math, Too!

Jan 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning

Most people feel strongly that they are either good at math or that they are terrible at it. They think that math ability is genetic and cannot be changed. An interesting new research study suggests that this might not be tru... Read more
The Parent-Teacher Partnership: A Critical Connection

Jan 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Michael Thompson is one of my favorite educators. He advises teachers to ask their students’ parents what they hope for their child in the future. I have started asking this question when I have a chance, because it all... Read more
Adolescence: A Time of Change and Self-Doubt

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Struggling Students, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Most adolescent students have doubts about themselves. Your child may feel that everyone around him is smarter, has more friends, looks better, or is a better athlete. He might think he doesn’t have much chance of succe... Read more
The Keys to Success in School

Jan 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In my nearly 30 years of teaching, I have worked with many students who are struggling and anxious. There are times when these kids are their own worst enemy. The choices they make often exacerbate the problem. Here are some ... Read more
Many Teenagers Are Making a Difference

Dec 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

“Children have a sense of entitlement these days.” I have heard that said so many times. It is, of course, true for some kids, but not for all. Most of the kids I have taught are thoughtful, sweet, helpful, polite... Read more
Allow Children To Solve Problems on Their Own

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

My second child did not learn to talk as quickly as my first. Like all mothers do, I worried that she was behind, that she might have difficulty in school, and that she would not learn to read. Someone more wise than I pointe... Read more
Impulsive Students Need Guidance When Online

Dec 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

The parents at our school sponsored a great workshop on social networking and keeping kids safe online. It was run by police at the local and state levels. As I took notes during their presentation, I kept thinking about the ... Read more
Help Your Child Prepare for Exams

Dec 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

The fact is, most students do not know how to prepare to take exams. For example, many do not understand that it is much better to study in many short blocks of time instead of trying to cram everything in the night before an... Read more
For Thanksgiving, Kids Should Take a Break From School (but Help at Home)

Nov 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to take a break from the stresses of school. Everyone needs to relax a few days and recoup before the countdown to exams begins. If you are having visitors at y... Read more