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Livia McCoy
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
Livia McCoy
Help Your Child Prepare for Exams

Dec 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

The fact is, most students do not know how to prepare to take exams. For example, many do not understand that it is much better to study in many short blocks of time instead of trying to cram everything in the night before an... Read more
Livia McCoy
Alternatives to Flash Cards for Studying

Oct 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Most teachers teach their students how to use flash cards for studying facts or vocabulary. Flash cards are a great tool for many students, but there are some kids who need a different strategy. Students who are creative and ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
SchoolFamily
Middle and High School: Helping Teens Solve Their Own Problems

Apr 24, 2013 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents

This guest blog post is by Erika Cook, a high school administrator who works directly with parents and students. When your teen has a problem at school, what should you do? Perhaps your child has a streak of missing assignmen... Read more
Livia McCoy
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
SchoolFamily
Icky Childhood Illnesses: My Family’s Icky Illness and the Yuck Factor

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Patti Ghezzi, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Healthy Kids, Elementary School, Back to School

The phone rings and I recognize the school’s number on my caller ID. It’s not a number I want to see. The school doesn’t call to say hello. It’s the school nurse, and she’s calling to tell me tha... Read more
SchoolFamily
Host a Playdate for a Child With Food Allergies—You Can Do It!

Jul 18, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Preschool, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School

Joshua, Henry, Isabella, Matthew, Jasper, Jack, Katie, and Paige. These are just a few of the names of children who have come to our house for playdates and parties for my sons. Between my two kids there have been numerous bi... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Mother Arrested For Cheering Graduating Daughter, But There's More To the Story

Jun 06, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in High School

A mother who says all she did was cheer for her daughter as the young woman graduated from high school last Saturday was arrested during the commencement ceremony and charged with disorderly conduct. Sounds like the mother&rs... Read more
Carissa Rogers
What Happens When This Mother-Daughter Share Fashion...and Music?

May 23, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teenagers, Teen Girls, High School, Carissa Rogers

I just “accidentally” spent $100 on clothes. I figured only half of the stuff would fit and/or look decent so it was really like I spent $50 and I’d just take the ugly back, right? Um. Yeah. “Accidenta... Read more