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Livia McCoy
There is No Place for Sarcasm in the Classroom

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, Bullying

“Jackie, is it all right with you if I start class?”    This seems like a harmless question, doesn’t it? When teachers say it (and I am guilty at times), they are being sarcastic, because they kn... Read more
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Should Parents Pay Their Children for Good Grades?

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, ADHD

I have known many parents who pay their children for honor roll grades. In some cases, this is okay. But, if you are a learning disabled (LD) student, the quality of your work does not reflect how hard you worked on it. Somet... Read more
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Basic Student Skills: 5 Ways to Learn to Be a Proactive Student

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Often when we get a new student at our school who is learning disabled (LD), we say something like, “She hasn’t learned how to be a student yet.” What we mean by this is that she has not yet realized t... Read more
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Teaching your child responsibility and decision-making skills

Feb 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

I wrote an earlier blog post about teaching children how to accept responsibility for their actions.   In that post I suggested that when your daughter says, “Mrs. Johnson got me in trouble,” you might help ... Read more
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ADHD and Medication: Should You Consider It for Your Child?

Jan 31, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, ADHD

Making the decision to medicate your child for attention problems is extremely difficult. I encourage you to consider it, however, if your child is struggling in school, and those who work with him have mentioned possible att... Read more
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Learning Disabilities and Social Problems

Jan 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Children with learning disabilities (especially nonverbal LD) or attention issues often have social problems. I wrote about some of them in an earlier post. But, there is one problem that I didn’t mention in that blog t... Read more
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Why laptops aren't good for all students

Jan 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, College

One-to-one Laptop Schools—those schools that provide each student with a laptop or tablet computer—may be good for some learners, but not for all. Many schools are also issuing digital textbooks along with laptops... Read more
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A Teacher's Study Tips for Exams

Jan 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

It is about the time of year when teachers begin talking about exams! At my school, we have first semester exams next week. Teachers here spend all of this week reviewing for them to make sure their students know what will be... Read more
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Children Need Experience Making Their Own Decisions

Jan 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Clothes, School Breakfast, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

It is tempting as a parent to take control of every part of a child’s life. Parents make sure their children do all their homework, get up on time, get ready for school, eat a healthy breakfast, wear appropriate clothin... Read more
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What Does It Really Mean When A Child Is Learning Disabled?

Dec 27, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Students who struggle in school are often misunderstood. On Monday, they might turn in work that is beautifully written and thoroughly done. Then on Tuesday, their work is practically illegible, only partially complete, full ... Read more