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.


Strategies To Help Your Child Pay Attention in Class

Apr 28, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, ADHD

Paying attention in class is a challenge for many children. This is especially true late in the day when students have been sitting in class all day long and are ready for a break. It also relates to each student’s inte... Read more
Creative Minds Need Time To Think

Apr 21, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Creativity

Creative minds need time to think. It is during “down time” that our brains can come up with novel ideas or search for answers to “what if….?” or “how can we solve….?” kinds o... Read more
The Many Benefits of Summer Camps

Apr 14, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy

Spending time away from home at a summer camp usually results in memories that last a lifetime. Children make new friends, learn new skills, and have loads of fun. The time away gives them a chance to be independent from pare... Read more
Use Diigo for Organizing Online Research

Apr 07, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

Students are asked to do lots of research, and much of it takes place on the Internet. One of the most difficult parts of Internet research is gathering enough of it to support a thesis and then keeping up with where the rese... Read more
Help Your Child With a Learning Challenge Adapt to Change

Mar 31, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Learning Disabilities

Children who have executive functioning disorder, attention issues, autism spectrum disorder, or other learning disabilities are often resistant to change. I believe this is likely because when things are orderly and predicta... Read more
Parents, Does a Legible Signature Matter?

Mar 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Handwriting

Normally, I write blogs to offer advice to parents. This time, I am writing to ask your opinion. Recently, I received a number of documents signed by my students. I had not asked them to also print their name below their sign... Read more
The Benefits of Student Internships

Mar 17, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, High School

Students from the school where I teach are off this week to do internships. They are allowed to choose where they want to go, and we have students in several states (and a few out of the country). The students try to find a p... Read more
Help Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Mar 10, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social Media, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Teens spend a lot of time on social networks. We have all heard of Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook; but have you also heard of Whisper, Vine, and Yik Yak? It is difficult to keep up in the digital world when it is changing... Read more
When Learning and Teaching Styles Don't Mesh

Mar 03, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Each student has preferences for how he likes to learn, what kind of classroom makes him feel the most comfortable, and how his teacher likes to teach. Many times, students are in classrooms that do not match up with their le... Read more
The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

Feb 24, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Extracurricular Activities, After-School

Parents often ask me whether I think it is a good idea to allow their child to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities even though they are struggling in school. They feel the time would be better spent if th... Read more