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Livia McCoy
Tips for Choosing the Best Websites and Apps for Kids

Jul 18, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

Parents often ask me what they should look for when deciding whether a website or app will be helpful to their children. If the purpose of the site or app is for kids to learn something, there are several important key elemen... Read more
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Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 3

Jul 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

My last two blogs have been about building resilience in kids. Resilient kids can deal with things when they do not go their way, and they recover quickly when things do not go well for them. Part 1 on resilience explains tha... Read more
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Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 2

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

Last week I wrote about resilient children. Children who are resilient can bounce back after they experience a setback. When Gino failed a test, he was disappointed. But he didn’t stay depressed about it and quickly rea... Read more
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Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 1

Jun 27, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

All of us go through tough times. Some students have more than their share. Divorce, death in the family, events in the news, high-stakes testing and many other factors add to the normal stresses all kids experience. Children... Read more
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3 Strategies To Help Kids Follow Spoken Directions

Jun 20, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Marcus frequently misunderstands oral directions. There are many children who have this issue. The underlying cause can be difficult to figure out. Consider what has to happen in his brain when he hears, “Marcus, would ... Read more
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Some Last Lessons for My Students

Jun 13, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

Saying goodbye to students is always a difficult time of the year for teachers. We spend a lot of time with our students. For me, I figure about 200 hours of time with each person. For elementary school teachers, it’s a... Read more
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Math Games To Keep Skills Sharp in Summer

Jun 06, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Summer vacation should be just that. It should be time for students to relax and enjoy life without worrying about school. This is especially true for those who find school difficult and exhausting. On the other hand, summer ... Read more
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Summer Chores Teach Kids Responsibility

May 30, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy

Summer is a great time to develop responsibility in your children. Many parents plan wonderful activities to keep their children busy over the summer. Camping, swimming, trips to the park, vacationing—all are important ... Read more
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With Learning, It Doesn't Matter How Long It Takes

May 16, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Last week, I wrote about grades and what they really mean. Do they really reflect actual learning? Teacher Ron Simmons tells a story in his math classes at Hilton Head Prep School. He shares this with his math students when t... Read more
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Grades: How Much Do They Really Tell About Learning?

May 09, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Grades

After visiting a school that has made a concerted effort to change how they evaluate their students, I started thinking about the grades teachers give to students. If a student gets a C at the end of the quarter, what does th... Read more