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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.


A Free App To Help With Time Management

Oct 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Many students have trouble keeping up with everything they are supposed to do each day. This is especially true when they move from middle to upper school, where teachers expect them to be more independent. I recently discove... Read more
Helping a Student Catch Up After an Illness

Oct 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

Students who have to miss several days of school feel overwhelmed when they return. Some fear being so far behind that they wind up missing extra days, because they are so anxious about the amount of work they need to do. The... Read more
The Fine Line Between Giving Support and Helping Too Much

Oct 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

A parent of one of my students recently said she was struggling with walking the fine between giving her daughter the support she needs and supporting her too much. This is always a difficult decision parents must make. On th... Read more
Parent-Teacher Conferences Help Develop the School-Home Relationship

Oct 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

In a few short weeks, parent-teacher conferences start. Interestingly, both parents and teachers are anxious about them! Parents worry about whether their child is performing well enough and behaving in class. They worry abou... Read more
Alternatives to Flash Cards for Studying

Oct 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Most teachers teach their students how to use flash cards for studying facts or vocabulary. Flash cards are a great tool for many students, but there are some kids who need a different strategy. Students who are creative and ... Read more
Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
How To Help a Child With an Auditory Processing Disorder

Sep 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Students who have an auditory processing disorder are often left behind in the classroom even though they are very smart. Like many learning differences, APD is not something you can tell is there. Most of the time, children ... Read more
Tips for Overcoming Homework Frustrations

Sep 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

The most frequent complaints I hear from parents relate to homework. For some, their child doesn’t have enough homework to do. For others, too much. Sometimes the complaint is that the homework is too hard, or that teac... Read more
Thought and Planning Can Improve Written Work

Sep 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Writing, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For most of us, summer vacation seems like it was ages ago. We are going full force at school. Students are already working on daily homework and long-term projects. English teachers are teaching their students the writing pr... Read more
Creative Ways To Make and Use Flash Cards

Aug 29, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Back to School

Before very long, it will be time for the first test of the school year. Tests can be stressful, especially when students have not prepared well enough. Many students learn by studying flash cards. They are a great study meth... Read more