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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
Connie McCarthy
Encouraging "Deeper-Level" Thinking in Young Children

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Asking and answering questions has been a staple of teacher and student interaction for centuries. A big shift in today’s classrooms is for teachers to challenge students with “deeper-level questioning.” Thi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Ways To Motivate Students To Do Their Best

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

One of the most difficult parts of raising kids is motivating them to do their best work. Adolescents can be externally motivated (like when you take their smartphone away from them until they get their grades up to an accept... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple Rhyming Songs Can Enhance Early Learning

Feb 25, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Preschool, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy

Music is a powerful tool to help a young child learn. It blends movement and rhythm with words and rhyme to increase phonemic awareness. Music helps young children naturally cross “over the midline” to understand ... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Olympics Teach Valuable Lessons About Perseverance

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Singulyarra/Shutterstock Many families are spending hours watching the Sochi Olympics. It is amazing to see world-class athletes from so many different countries competing against one another. Several of the medal wi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Play “Friends of 10” for Easy Math Practice

Feb 18, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Math, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Understanding addition and subtraction and strategies involving the number 10 are crucial components of Common Core Math Standards. Easy recall of various ways to add and subtract 10 is also an important part of early math fl... Read more