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.


Ease the Transition From Middle to Upper School

Sep 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Transitioning from middle to upper school is difficult for many students. In my area of the country, 9th grade is considered upper school. Often students are not aware that grades in upper school are more important than they ... Read more
Teach Kids To Be Active Listeners

Sep 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

In Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter Johnston suggests a technique for teachers to use that is meant to help students listen better, become more socially aware, and possibly more empathetic towards other st... Read more
The Fundamentals of School Success

Sep 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy

Educators often use terminology that really doesn’t mean a lot to people who are not in the business of teaching children. Terms like “working memory,” “executive functioning,” “attention d... Read more
Should Kids Get an Allowance?

Aug 26, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Allowance

Parents often ask me about whether they should give their teens an allowance. Some feel that children should do their chores because it’s the right thing to do, and they should not be paid for it. Others think giving th... Read more
Homework Help for the New School Year

Aug 19, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Homework, Back to School, ADHD

Recently, I wrote about some back-to-school organization tips to help students who are disorganized or have problems managing their time. A daily routine that includes time for getting ready for the next day is very helpful. ... Read more
Establishing Back-to-School Routines for Kids With ADHD

Aug 12, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD

Adolescents with ADHD or working memory problems often have trouble getting ready for school in the morning. They often forget to take important things to school like their book bag, homework, and clothes for gym. Mornings ar... Read more
Organization Tips for Back-to-School Time

Aug 05, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Executive Functioning, Back to School, ADHD

Some of the schools near me start in two weeks! It is hard to believe the summer is almost over. If your child is disorganized and has trouble keeping up with everything and managing his time, you might be able to help. While... Read more
Using Praise Effectively Helps Self-Esteem

Jul 29, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Parents are rightly concerned about the self-esteem of their teens. It is important to feel confident and self-assured. Equally important, however, is the need to learn to accept and benefit from constructive criticism. You c... Read more
Encourage Good Grammar on Social Media

Jul 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Learning

Many teens spend a great deal of time on social sites networking with friends. One concern I have about that relates to language skills. It is acceptable on these sites to use improper grammar and spelling, and we often blame... Read more
Foster Your Child's Emotional Health

Jul 15, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Healthy Kids

One of the signs of emotional health is being aware of emotions and understanding what they mean. Teens need to be aware of the emotions they are feeling as well as the emotions of others. Unfortunately, many in our society d... Read more