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Connie McCarthy
7 Strategies for Successful Homework Routines

Feb 04, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Homework, Connie McCarthy

Homework is a part of every student’s school experience, starting as early as preschool. Yet sometimes it can be a source of stress for busy families. Here are seven strategies to help alleviate that stress and create s... Read more
Livia McCoy
Machine-Scored Bubble Forms Can Cause Problems for Some Students

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Test Scores, Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Multiple choice and true/false tests are often evaluated using bubble-type, machine-scored forms. This is extremely helpful for teachers who have lots of papers to grade. But students who have visual-motor integration problem... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Inside Learning Games That Are Fun and Easy

Jan 28, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Are your children stuck inside because of cold weather? Had enough of the TV and video games? Here are two simple activities to promote learning while having fun. And if you live in a warmer climate, these are great for outdo... Read more
Livia McCoy
You Can Be Good at Math, Too!

Jan 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning

Most people feel strongly that they are either good at math or that they are terrible at it. They think that math ability is genetic and cannot be changed. An interesting new research study suggests that this might not be tru... Read more
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