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Connie McCarthy
Balancing Creativity and Academics

Jan 08, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Creativity, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

I believe in the Common Core State Standards. Schools need a framework to help their students achieve college and career ready goals. This framework should be clear, rigorous, and equitable for each grade level. This is espec... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping Your Teen Through the Tough Times

Jan 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Adolescence is a difficult time of life. I frequently hear my students complain about their family, their parents, and life in general. Many adolescents feel that their parents do not love them. From my perspective, many of t... Read more
Elizabeth Leaver
Reaching Out to the Sandy Hook School Community

Jan 02, 2013 - Posted by Elizabeth Leaver in Community Service

If you are sending a child off to school tomorrow morning, you may be thinking of the Sandy Hook community, which was struck by tragedy last month. Tomorrow, the Sandy Hook students will return to school at a new location, a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Fun Crafts Projects To Match Favorite Early Elementary Books

Dec 31, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Looking for some creative educational activities to occupy young children on stormy days? To have some genuine parent/child fun together, simply look to books. The following are favorites of kindergarten and 1st grade student... Read more
Livia McCoy
How To Prepare for Semester Exams

Dec 27, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many children will return to school after the holiday and begin preparing for semester exams. Exams that cover a whole semester can be overwhelming for some students, especially if they do not do well on tests that are shorte... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Gift of Family History

Dec 26, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In early education, our schools focus primarily on reading, writing, and math. While these are obviously important tangible skills, there are other aspects to educating young children that are much more subtle. How do we teac... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Do Grades Really Mean?

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

So many parents worry constantly about their child’s grades. I totally understand this concern, but I do worry about how this can affect children who are struggling in school.  There are many reasons for a child to... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Reassuring Students After the Unthinkable Happens

Dec 18, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Grief, Connie McCarthy, 1st Grade

I had another post all ready to go for this week…then the unthinkable happened in Newtown, Conn. This is such a horrific tragedy, especially for the families of the victims. It is also a pivotal event for American teac... Read more
Livia McCoy
How To Talk to Your Children About the Tragedy

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grief

The entire nation mourns when tragedy strikes a school like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The pain must be unbearable for the families and friends of the children and educators who were so mercilessly killed. When a... Read more
Livia McCoy
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more