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Livia McCoy
What To Do When You Don’t Get the Grade You Expected

May 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

Students usually have an idea what they will get on an assignment when they turn it in. Many times, they are right on the mark. But there are times when the grade is much lower than expected. It is important to find out what ... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Combine Easy Crafts With Math and Fine Motor Skills

May 01, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Motor Skills, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Creativity, Connie McCarthy

Very often, the best learning takes place when young students are just having fun. Here are some easy activities to do with your kindergarten or 1st grade child that will reinforce essential math and fine motor skills. You wi... Read more
Livia McCoy
Preparing Young High Schoolers for College Success

Apr 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School, College

College planning is certainly not my specialty area, but I do listen when our college counselor talks to students and families. Here are some key points I have heard her say many times. Ninth grade matters. In most schools, t... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Practice Cause-and-Effect Thinking for Better Reading Comprehension

Apr 24, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Critical thinking skills are based on prior knowledge and experience. In reading, these higher-level strategies help young students make reasonable guesses based on what they already know. This in turn helps to significantly ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Getting Teens To Open Up

Apr 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

One of the most common questions parents ask me about their teenage child is, “Is she normal?” They are usually concerned because their child, who used to be talkative and cheerful at home, is now surly; she answe... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Combine Nonfiction and Science for Springtime Fun

Apr 17, 2014 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Spring is a perfect time to explore the wonderful world of science. Young students are curious and imaginative and love learning about their environment. A favorite science subject for springtime study has been the life cycle... Read more
Livia McCoy
Hard Times Help Prepare Teens for the Road Ahead

Apr 15, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, once said, “Out of life’s school…what does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” I recently heard someone talking about school and how hard it is for so many s... Read more
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