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Connie McCarthy
3 Essential Questions for a Midyear Check-in

Jan 21, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

For most school districts across the country, January is the halfway mark of the school year, even if your district follows a trimester model. Most important, it’s the perfect time to have a “check-in” with ... Read more
Livia McCoy
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
Connie McCarthy
A Great Tool To Help Students Organize Thoughts and Ideas

Jan 15, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Organization, Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy

A graphic organizer is a simple paper tool that uses drawings or words to express knowledge, thoughts, or ideas. They are particularly helpful for young students to organize and sequence facts, concepts or steps for problem s... Read more
Livia McCoy
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
Connie McCarthy
Are All Parents Happy With Common Core?

Jan 07, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

A very subtle shift is happening in my hometown. Interestingly, a small group of parents have organized and convened a meeting they called “Repeal Common Core: Reclaiming Local Control in Education.” About 20 pare... Read more
Livia McCoy
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
Connie McCarthy
New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Dec 31, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Kids Learning, Healthy Kids, Connie McCarthy

At the start of a new year, adults often take time to reflect and think about positive changes they want to make in their lives. This is a wonderful time for children to do the same. Here is a list of 10 simple resolutions th... Read more
Livia McCoy
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
Connie McCarthy
Use Legos for Easy Math Practice

Dec 24, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Counting, Connie McCarthy

Colorful Legos have been a favorite of young children for a long time. They’ve also been a great holiday gift. Here’s a simple way to combine a classic toy, new or old, to practice Common Core math skills over vac... Read more
Livia McCoy
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