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Livia McCoy
Reduce the Stress of High-Stakes Standardized Tests

Apr 18, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

Many schools are focusing on the standardized tests coming up soon. These tests are so important to schools because they stand to lose their accreditation if their students do not perform well enough on them. In addition, man... Read more
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Families and Learning Differences

Apr 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

It is common that learning differences run in families. It is not totally clear whether these differences are inherited. However, I have personally witnessed many, many cases of a child who has the same trouble in school that... Read more
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AudioNote: A Technological Solution for Note Taking

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

In an earlier blog I wrote about the Livescribe Pen which is a recording pen that assists students who have trouble taking notes. In this same blog, I mentioned the AudioNote app. At that point, I did not have any experience ... Read more
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Necessary Skills for Students in the Digital Age

Mar 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy

My 8-year-old grandson recently picked up the television remote control, turned on the satellite dish, found the recorded program his mom wanted to watch, highlighted the correct one, and then handed the remote to his mom. He... Read more
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Let Kids Know That Failure Is a Normal Part of Life

Mar 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

As parents, we want to protect our children from failure. What we don’t realize is that failure is an important part of life. If children do not experience failure, they may not learn to struggle through to success. Thi... Read more
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Struggling Students Require More Energy To Learn

Mar 14, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

A person’s brain occupies approximately 2 percent of the body’s weight, yet it uses 25 percent of the body’s energy. This amount of energy is required to stay alive, move around, and think. Studies have show... Read more
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Drill and Practice the Basics: Keys to Student Success

Mar 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school when they know their basic facts to an automatic level. If your child has to first figure out the basic information, then that information is what occupies her working memory. For example, if aske... Read more
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Does Your Child Think in Three Dimensions?

Feb 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

What was your favorite toy when you were a child? I love to ask my students this question. The students I teach have a specific language learning disability, and I can usually predict what they will answer to this question. M... Read more
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Small Steps Can Improve Student Skills

Feb 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

Students who struggle in school often have many areas where they need to improve. This is true whatever the age. I currently teach high school students who struggle with student skills, and it is unreasonable to expect them t... Read more
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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