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Livia McCoy
Reinforce the Homework Habits of Successful Students

Feb 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Homework

Students who struggle in school often do not have the habits of successful students. Many of my students need reminders to do what other students do without thinking. You can help your child develop these “good student&... Read more
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Making Sports Accessible for All Students

Feb 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Some students enjoy playing sports and are talented in that arena. Studies suggest that students who participate in sports tend to do better in school. In some sports, kids learn what it means to commit to a team. In others, ... Read more
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Help Students Find Opportunities To Mentor Others

Jan 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

We have a science fair mentoring program at our school for students who have completed satisfactory projects in the past. These students are required to apply for the position and pass a test that proves they understand the s... Read more
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Brain Development in Teens: Help Them Deal With Peer Pressure

Jan 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

A key area of the brain lies just behind the forehead. This area is called the prefrontal cortex, and it controls many high-level thought processes. Teens tend to make impulsive decisions and fail to consider the consequences... Read more
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Life Beyond School Is Often Successful for Students With Learning Disabilities

Jan 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school are complicated. There are similarities between any two of them, but there are many more differences. I used to say this is why we should not label children as having a learning disability, att... Read more
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Why Is Spelling So Hard for Some Kids?

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Have you ever wondered why some people can speak and read well but are terrible at spelling? In order to understand why, you have to take a look at language in general. Not long after a baby is born, he begins to babble by mi... Read more
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Helping Your Teen Through the Tough Times

Jan 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Adolescence is a difficult time of life. I frequently hear my students complain about their family, their parents, and life in general. Many adolescents feel that their parents do not love them. From my perspective, many of t... Read more
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How To Prepare for Semester Exams

Dec 27, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many children will return to school after the holiday and begin preparing for semester exams. Exams that cover a whole semester can be overwhelming for some students, especially if they do not do well on tests that are shorte... Read more
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What Do Grades Really Mean?

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

So many parents worry constantly about their child’s grades. I totally understand this concern, but I do worry about how this can affect children who are struggling in school.  There are many reasons for a child to... Read more
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How To Talk to Your Children About the Tragedy

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grief

The entire nation mourns when tragedy strikes a school like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The pain must be unbearable for the families and friends of the children and educators who were so mercilessly killed. When a... Read more