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Livia McCoy
Why School Dress Codes Matter

Jul 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Many families are getting ready to go back to school. It is important to give some thought to appropriate clothing to wear. Most schools have a dress code; and, most adolescents don’t like it! Schools have dress codes f... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Power of Positive Attention for Teens

Jul 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Human beings need the attention of others. We need to interact with one another and to feel accepted and loved. When teens misbehave, they often do so to get the attention of their peers or the adults in their lives. Years ag... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Summer for Some College Planning

Jun 30, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, College

Summer is an important time for middle and upper school students to think ahead to what they want for themselves after high school. If the plan involves going to college, then taking action now can improve the chance of getti... Read more
Livia McCoy
Keys To Helping Your Child Be Successful in School—and in Life

Jun 02, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Livia McCoy, High School

In a few short days, I will watch another class of seniors walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. It is always an emotional time, because I have worked with many of these students for several years and s... Read more
Livia McCoy
Use Diigo for Organizing Online Research

Apr 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Students are asked to do lots of research, and much of it takes place on the Internet. One of the most difficult parts of Internet research is gathering enough of it to support a thesis and then keeping up with where the rese... Read more
Livia McCoy
The Benefits of Student Internships

Mar 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, High School

Students from the school where I teach are off this week to do internships. They are allowed to choose where they want to go, and we have students in several states (and a few out of the country). The students try to find a p... Read more
Livia McCoy
Teens and Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

Feb 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School, Healthy Kids, Anxiety

When students smoke marijuana, they typically do not do well in school. I was curious about whether the recent state laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use have affected the number of teens who smoke it regularly. A r... Read more
Livia McCoy
Pros and Cons of Flipped Classrooms

Feb 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Many teachers have flipped their classrooms. What was once taught in class is now homework, and what was once homework is completed in class. Teachers videotape their lessons, and students watch the lessons at home. In class ... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Are “21st Century Skills” and Why Does Your Child Need Them?

Jan 27, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

There is a movement in education to improve what we are offering our students. Some schools have completely revamped their curriculum to make sure they are teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the infor... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Strategy To Help Boost Comprehension

Jan 06, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, High School

When reading an academic textbook, students often lose track of the meaning, because there is too much information to hold in working memory. If the words in the text are already known and understood, the meaning is clear. Th... Read more