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Livia McCoy
Multitasking or Just Plain Distracted?

May 23, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Learning Styles, Cell Phones, ADHD

There is a lot of talk about multitasking these days. Many claim they can do two things at once. However, if two tasks require conscious attention, we cannot do both of them at the same time and do both well. If we try to do ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
An Easy Way To Improve Math Fluency: Count Backward

May 21, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Math, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

Parents are well aware of the importance of reading fluency. However, early math fluency is equally crucial. Simply put, math fluency means fast and automatic retrieval of math facts from memory. For young students it should ... Read more
Livia McCoy
With Learning, It Doesn't Matter How Long It Takes

May 16, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Last week, I wrote about grades and what they really mean. Do they really reflect actual learning? Teacher Ron Simmons tells a story in his math classes at Hilton Head Prep School. He shares this with his math students when t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Don’t Let Language Confuse Young Math Students

May 14, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

When teaching the value of double-digit numbers in my classroom, I noticed that my students often became confused with 11, 12, and the rest of the -teen numbers. This was a puzzle to me, and I was determined to solve it. Afte... Read more
Livia McCoy
Grades: How Much Do They Really Tell About Learning?

May 09, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Grades

After visiting a school that has made a concerted effort to change how they evaluate their students, I started thinking about the grades teachers give to students. If a student gets a C at the end of the quarter, what does th... Read more
Connie McCarthy
More New Words for Your Child’s Word Bank

May 07, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

This month’s words for your child’s word bank involve consonant blends and consonant digraphs. Simply put, consonant blends consist of two or three consonants used together in words, where each letter sound is d... Read more
Livia McCoy
Think Carefully Before Skipping ADHD Medication

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, ADHD

Many children take medications to help them focus their attention in school. It is a difficult decision to put a child on medications, but it can be extremely helpful for some children. Sometimes students don’t take the... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Do a “Reading Survey” With Your Child

Apr 30, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy, 2nd Grade, 1st Grade

There is a strategy that teachers use in classrooms to identify various interests in student reading. It’s a concept that parents can easily incorporate at home called a “Reading Survey.” Teachers use a Read... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Museum Visits With Your Child

Apr 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Museums are marvelous places to learn about our culture—history, music, art, science, and current events. Many families are making plans for summer trips that will include visits to local museums. I went recently on a f... Read more
SchoolFamily
Middle and High School: Helping Teens Solve Their Own Problems

Apr 24, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents

This guest blog post is by Erika Cook, a high school administrator who works directly with parents and students. When your teen has a problem at school, what should you do? Perhaps your child has a streak of missing assignmen... Read more