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Livia McCoy
Some Children Just Need Time To Think

Oct 11, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

Young children take more time to process information than older kids do. Parents and teachers have a tendency to speak too quickly for them, and they get confused easily. Remember Mr. Rogers? He spoke very slowly to children... Read more
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Successful Study Habits: How To Highlight Effectively

Oct 04, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy

Highlighting can be a great study strategy, especially in the early stages of learning. (It is limited, of course, to worksheets or books students own.) It can help you find information later to review it or make study cards ... Read more
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Make the Most of Parents Night

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Parents night (also called back-to-school night) is a big event at our school. Almost all of our families are represented by one or both parents. It is a time to get a feeling for the atmosphere in the school and find out ... Read more
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When Your Child Has a Chronic Health Illness

Sep 18, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

When children have chronic health concerns, it is more important than ever for the parents and school to form a partnership for the benefit of the child. The National Institutes of Health has an excellent guide that instructs... Read more
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Help Your Kids Handle Back-to-School Anxiety

Sep 05, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

    One day this week was set aside as orientation for new students at the school where I teach. Our middle school dean of students mentioned to me that he was very nervous. When I asked him if it was because he was... Read more
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We're All Different and Have Individual Learning Styles

Aug 28, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

As I was reading comments people posted to some of my earlier blogs, I realized how different we are from each other. This is a good thing! We need diversity in order to thrive as a society. There were several comments on my ... Read more
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How to Foster a Positive Parent-Teacher Relationship for Your Child’s Benefit

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent-Teacher Conference, Livia McCoy

A couple of weeks ago, I spent several days teaching at a new teachers’ institute. We worked together on all sorts of things new teachers need to know before beginning their careers. One of the workshops was about commu... Read more
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Have Kids Learn to Touch Type Before Going Back to School

Aug 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

A friend of mine asked me, “I’ve got three more weeks of summer left before the kids go back to school. Is there anything I can do that will help Emily do better this year?” My response was, “Teach her... Read more
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Back to School after Summer Vacation—6 Ways to Help Your Child Be Ready to Learn

Aug 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Back to School

Let’s face it: Kids don’t come to school for the reason we would like them to! They come to school primarily to socialize and have fun. This is especially true when they’ve been off for the summer and haven... Read more
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Back to School: College Options for Students Who Struggle in School

Aug 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, College

As students prepare to go back to school, parents of those students who find middle and high school difficult may worry about their child’s future. Many students who struggle believe college is not an option for them. W... Read more