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Livia McCoy
The Olympics Teach Valuable Lessons About Perseverance

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Singulyarra/Shutterstock Many families are spending hours watching the Sochi Olympics. It is amazing to see world-class athletes from so many different countries competing against one another. Several of the medal wi... Read more
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Adolescents Should Solve Most of Their Problems Themselves

Feb 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

In nearly 30 years of teaching school, I have seen hundreds of cases where parents involve themselves in their adolescents’ problems. Sometimes, that’s the right thing to do because the problem is too great for a ... Read more
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The Link Between TV Time and Brain Development

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Scientists have known for a long time that children who are raised in a stimulating environment learn more easily than those who are not. Children need toys to play with, puzzles to solve, and to interact with other people. A... Read more
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Machine-Scored Bubble Forms Can Cause Problems for Some Students

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Test Scores, Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Multiple choice and true/false tests are often evaluated using bubble-type, machine-scored forms. This is extremely helpful for teachers who have lots of papers to grade. But students who have visual-motor integration problem... Read more
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You Can Be Good at Math, Too!

Jan 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning

Most people feel strongly that they are either good at math or that they are terrible at it. They think that math ability is genetic and cannot be changed. An interesting new research study suggests that this might not be tru... Read more
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The Parent-Teacher Partnership: A Critical Connection

Jan 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Michael Thompson is one of my favorite educators. He advises teachers to ask their students’ parents what they hope for their child in the future. I have started asking this question when I have a chance, because it all... Read more
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Adolescence: A Time of Change and Self-Doubt

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Struggling Students, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Most adolescent students have doubts about themselves. Your child may feel that everyone around him is smarter, has more friends, looks better, or is a better athlete. He might think he doesn’t have much chance of succe... Read more
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The Keys to Success in School

Jan 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In my nearly 30 years of teaching, I have worked with many students who are struggling and anxious. There are times when these kids are their own worst enemy. The choices they make often exacerbate the problem. Here are some ... Read more
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Many Teenagers Are Making a Difference

Dec 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

“Children have a sense of entitlement these days.” I have heard that said so many times. It is, of course, true for some kids, but not for all. Most of the kids I have taught are thoughtful, sweet, helpful, polite... Read more
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Allow Children To Solve Problems on Their Own

Dec 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

My second child did not learn to talk as quickly as my first. Like all mothers do, I worried that she was behind, that she might have difficulty in school, and that she would not learn to read. Someone more wise than I pointe... Read more