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Connie McCarthy
Tens and Ones: An Easy Way To Remember Place Value

Apr 10, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Young students should understand that, when looking at a two-digit number, the left number represents “10’s”, and the right number represents “1’s.” This is a critical math skill needed for... Read more
Livia McCoy
Preparing To Take the Common Core Assessments

Apr 08, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Common Core Standards

Students in some schools across the country will take online tests on the Common Core curriculum this spring. These tests do not actually count, and many schools are exempt from giving their normal tests in order to participa... Read more
Connie McCarthy
The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning

Apr 03, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In the last few years, much emphasis has been put on revamping academics, including Common Core State Standards and revised curricula. Yet it’s also important for teachers and parents to be reminded about Social/Emotion... Read more
Livia McCoy
Simple Tips To Help Kids Communicate Better

Apr 01, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Texting, Teenagers, Livia McCoy

It would be hard to say whether teens communicate more digitally, such as texting or through social media, or by talking face-to-face. Judging from the noise I hear each day in the halls between classes, I would vote for face... Read more
Connie McCarthy
10 Easy Steps for Reading Readiness

Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Connie McCarthy

There are some simple yet important skills that your child must have before he is ready to read. Parents can easily incorporate these skills into play, activities, and time together to support early reading success. Here are ... Read more
Livia McCoy
How To Reduce School Anxiety

Mar 25, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Anxiety

Many students get anxious about school. Some worry about tests, which is understandable since often they make up the biggest part of the grade in a course. Others worry about doing homework, social situations, or some other a... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Make Geometry a Part of Everyday Life

Mar 20, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Connie McCarthy

Geometric shapes are part of our everyday environment. Recognizing, understanding, and comparing different shapes are critical in advancing mathematical skills. These skills are first introduced in kindergarten and follow mat... Read more
Livia McCoy
Strategies for Kids With Attention Issues

Mar 18, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, ADHD

Students who have trouble paying attention in school need help in order to be successful. When the teacher explains what today’s lesson is about or tells his students what to do, children who cannot pay attention get le... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Teach Inference for Better Reading Comprehension

Mar 13, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Children can often figure out what is going to happen in a story based on experience or prior knowledge. By using authors’ clues in a text to form logical conclusions, young readers can better understand what they are r... Read more
Livia McCoy
Accurately Filling Out Forms: A Lost Skill?

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are some fundamental skills students need to learn that aren’t normally taught in school. On several occasions through the years, I have been responsible for collecting forms for an event such as a field trip. Typ... Read more