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Livia McCoy
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Feb 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Extracurricular Activities, After-School

Parents often ask me whether I think it is a good idea to allow their child to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities even though they are struggling in school. They feel the time would be better spent if th... Read more
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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
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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
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Good School Attendance Is More Important Than Ever

Feb 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Regular attendance to school has always been important and a factor that leads to success. Now that schools across America are focusing on 21st century skills—those skills that prepare our students for living in the 21s... Read more
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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
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A Free Tool To Help With Video Instruction

Jan 13, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For some students, watching videos is not a great way to learn. Attention or learning style differences can make it difficult to get much from a video, especially when it consists mostly of someone talking. Google has provide... Read more
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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
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The Future of Handwriting: Only Time Will Tell

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

Recent research published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly confirms the need for preschool children to learn to write with a pencil. Researchers claim that children learn the sounds associated with letters as they practi... Read more
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Managing Attention Issues in Middle School

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Middle School, Livia McCoy

Parents have asked me before why their child has attention and executive functioning issues now that they are in middle school when they handled elementary school just fine. Executive functioning is the ability to manage day-... Read more
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Tips for Preparing To Take Semester Exams

Dec 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School

Exams are coming up soon in many schools. I have written several times before about exams such as How To Prepare for Semester Exams. Many students know how to make flashcards or to use online apps like Quizlet to learn vocabu... Read more