When Students Struggle
Livia McCoy teaches science to students with language learning disabilities at The New Community School in Richmond, Va. Her students are bright, college-bound adolescents who have difficulty with reading, spelling, or other components of language or math. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help them figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because of learning disabilities or attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school despite their learning differences.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.
Let’s face it: Kids don’t come to school for the reason we would like them to! They come to school primarily to socialize and have fun. This is especially true when they’ve been off for the summer and haven... Read more
As students prepare to go back to school, parents of those students who find middle and high school difficult may worry about their child’s future. Many students who struggle believe college is not an option for them. W... Read more
In an earlier blog post I wrote about a color-coded notebook system that helps disorganized students stay organized. Students who are visual learners benefit from using color to help them keep up with everything. Color can he... Read more
Part of my responsibility at our school is to monitor what students wear, making sure they follow the dress code. Middle school students like to push the limits of the dress code; that’s expected from adolescents when t... Read more
I was reading an article about the state of special education in American schools. There was a statement in the article that essentially said that schools “value the process over the outcome.” I began to wonder wh... Read more
The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is used by doctors who diagnose learning differences like dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder. In the spring of 2013, the 5th edition of the DSM will be p... Read more
Does your middle school child love birds, but then he gets frustrated when trying to identify them? Many children do. Unfortunately, field guides that help identify birds can be really hard to use, especially for children who... Read more
Students who are labeled LD (learning disabled) struggle in school and feel like they are not smart. In fact, a lot of people believe this to be true. But, if you ask many highly successful adults about their school experienc... Read more
How do we make memories?
There are many explanations for how memory works. Memory, however, is much more complicated than any one theory can explain. I have blogged before about memory strategies as well as several times abou... Read more
It seems like missing one day of school would not be that big of a deal. Some parents feel free to keep their children out of school fairly often (even when they are not sick). It is appropriate to keep your child home if th... Read more