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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.


The Future of Handwriting: Only Time Will Tell

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

Recent research published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly confirms the need for preschool children to learn to write with a pencil. Researchers claim that children learn the sounds associated with letters as they practi... Read more
Managing Attention Issues in Middle School

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Middle School, Livia McCoy

Parents have asked me before why their child has attention and executive functioning issues now that they are in middle school when they handled elementary school just fine. Executive functioning is the ability to manage day-... Read more
Tips for Preparing To Take Semester Exams

Dec 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School

Exams are coming up soon in many schools. I have written several times before about exams such as How To Prepare for Semester Exams. Many students know how to make flashcards or to use online apps like Quizlet to learn vocabu... Read more
Tips To Help Develop Responsibility in Your Kids

Dec 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Community Service

All parents want to raise their kids to be  self-reliant, hard-working, successful adults. It is not easy to do, because to do so children must take responsibility for their own actions. It is difficult to watch a child ... Read more
School Attendance Is Critical for Success

Dec 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Part of my responsibility at work is to track attendance and grades to make sure students are on track for success. There is a high correlation between attending school regularly and better grades. There are days when it is a... Read more
Help Your Daughter Deal With "Mean Girls"

Nov 25, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teen Girls, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Sometimes adolescent girls can be mean to one another. I am not certain why this happens. My mother always said it was because they are jealous. Perhaps so, but whatever the reason for it, it can really hurt. It especially hu... Read more
Teach Students Self-Questioning for Better Learning

Nov 18, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Self-questioning is an important learning strategy. Students need to learn to ask themselves questions before starting a new unit of study, when doing homework, and when studying for tests. These questions can lead to a deepe... Read more
Is Online Skimming Destroying Reading Comprehension?

Nov 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading

Most students feel that as soon as they have answered all the questions on their homework assignment, they are finished with learning that material. They often rush through and only use the resources they absolutely must use ... Read more
Use Table of Contents Tools for Note-Taking

Nov 04, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Organization, Livia McCoy

My students often have difficulty keeping up with their notes. Those who type them on their tablet or computer often save each day’s notes in a separate file. When they need to use the notes to study or do homework, the... Read more
Honesty Is a Vital Part of Character

Oct 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Ben Lamm, a vice president at Capital One, spoke last week at the West Point Ethics and Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va. He emphasized the importance of honesty in the workplace. He called honesty a “non-negotiabl... Read more