When Students Struggle

Livia McCoy
Livia McCoy spent many years teaching upper school science. She currently serves as Dean of Student Support at The Steward School in Richmond, VA. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help every student figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because they think differently or have attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at SchoolFamily.com.


Special Fonts for People With Dyslexia

Jul 28, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia

Recently, a friend of mine posted on social media that she has a terrible time reading menus. Several of her friends agreed for a variety of reasons. One reason mentioned is that she is dyslexic and has problems with sequenti... Read more
Why School Dress Codes Matter

Jul 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Many families are getting ready to go back to school. It is important to give some thought to appropriate clothing to wear. Most schools have a dress code; and, most adolescents don’t like it! Schools have dress codes f... Read more
Over-Praising Your Kids Can Hold Them Back

Jul 14, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy

In her new book, Getting Real, Gretchen Carlson tells a story about her son. His hockey team had just won a tournament, yet he didn’t seem as happy as his mom expected him to be. He told her that everyone on the teams g... Read more
The Power of Positive Attention for Teens

Jul 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

Human beings need the attention of others. We need to interact with one another and to feel accepted and loved. When teens misbehave, they often do so to get the attention of their peers or the adults in their lives. Years ag... Read more
Use Summer for Some College Planning

Jun 30, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, College

Summer is an important time for middle and upper school students to think ahead to what they want for themselves after high school. If the plan involves going to college, then taking action now can improve the chance of getti... Read more
Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Parents

Jun 23, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

Many experts warn children about the dangers of the Internet. We teach our children to never give their name, address, or phone number to anyone online. We watch them while online to make sure they do not visit inappropriate ... Read more
Try Quizlet for Summertime Math Vocabulary Review

Jun 16, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Math

Every subject students take in school has specific facts and vocabulary associated with it. In history, students must learn people’s names, events that happened, and important dates. In literature, there are character n... Read more
Encourage Teens' Writing During the Summer

Jun 09, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, a student shared a poem he had written with me. I was totally amazed at how beautiful and thoughtful it was. He was involved in a creative writing class, and the poem was an assignment. This made me think about the ... Read more
Keys To Helping Your Child Be Successful in School—and in Life

Jun 02, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, School Success, Livia McCoy, High School

In a few short days, I will watch another class of seniors walk across the stage to receive their high school diplomas. It is always an emotional time, because I have worked with many of these students for several years and s... Read more
Tips for Connecting With Your Kids During the Summer

May 26, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Reading, Summer Learning, Livia McCoy

Summertime! Kids everywhere are living in anticipation of release from school for the summer. What happens then? That is an important question to ask; parents everywhere should consider what is best for their children. When p... Read more