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Livia McCoy
Teaching Children to Accept Responsibility For Their Actions

Jun 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

All of my students have a specific language learning disability. I have noticed through the years, that many of them try to use their learning problems as an excuse for poor behavior. Parents and teachers have to make sure ... Read more
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Easing High Stakes Testing Stress

May 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress.  We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome.  Children have to pass a certain... Read more
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Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
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Multisensory Instruction -- It’s Not Just for School

May 16, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Most parents are aware that children need to have multisensory instruction at school in order to learn things like math, english, science, or history. But, many of us have not really thought about the need for the same strat... Read more
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Teaching Your Child to Listen--The First Time You Say It!

May 09, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
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Voice-to-Text Software = Great Homework Tool for Kids Who Have Difficulty Writing

May 02, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing

For several years I have been experimenting with voice-to-text software for my students who have difficulty writing for themselves. The students who need it the most had very little success with it! Well, actually I didn&rs... Read more
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Insight on How to Speak to your Child who Struggles In School

Apr 25, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Children who struggle in school often process language more slowly than other children. Many times parents and teachers ask a child a question and then make the mistake of not allowing them enough time to think and respond. ... Read more
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Poor Social Skills Can Lead to Bullying

Apr 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Children with learning differences may have problems socially (see Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies). According to the Pacer Center, "children who bully suffer as much as those they target. They ar... Read more
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Social Skills and Learning Disabilities

Apr 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children who struggle with their schoolwork also struggle with social skills. This is especially true of children who have nonverbal learning disabilities. They may not pick up on normal social cues like other children... Read more
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How to Help Struggling Students Build Self Esteem

Apr 04, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

My heart broke just a little when one of my students recently told me, "I’m just ready to give up." I thought a lot about him and what might help him feel better about himself. Children who struggle in school need some... Read more