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.


What Are “21st Century Skills” and Why Does Your Child Need Them?

Jan 27, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School

There is a movement in education to improve what we are offering our students. Some schools have completely revamped their curriculum to make sure they are teaching kids the skills they will need to be successful in the infor... Read more
Some "Tricks" Can Help Teens With Anxiety

Jan 20, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Connie McCarthy, Anxiety

In the last few years there seems to be an increasing number of kids who suffer from anxiety. I wanted to learn more about anxiety and how to help these kids. My journey began with a workshop with Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, a... Read more
A Free Tool To Help With Video Instruction

Jan 13, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For some students, watching videos is not a great way to learn. Attention or learning style differences can make it difficult to get much from a video, especially when it consists mostly of someone talking. Google has provide... Read more
A Strategy To Help Boost Comprehension

Jan 06, 2015 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, High School

When reading an academic textbook, students often lose track of the meaning, because there is too much information to hold in working memory. If the words in the text are already known and understood, the meaning is clear. Th... Read more
The Future of Handwriting: Only Time Will Tell

Dec 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Handwriting

Recent research published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly confirms the need for preschool children to learn to write with a pencil. Researchers claim that children learn the sounds associated with letters as they practi... Read more
Managing Attention Issues in Middle School

Dec 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Middle School, Livia McCoy

Parents have asked me before why their child has attention and executive functioning issues now that they are in middle school when they handled elementary school just fine. Executive functioning is the ability to manage day-... Read more
Tips for Preparing To Take Semester Exams

Dec 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School

Exams are coming up soon in many schools. I have written several times before about exams such as How To Prepare for Semester Exams. Many students know how to make flashcards or to use online apps like Quizlet to learn vocabu... Read more
Tips To Help Develop Responsibility in Your Kids

Dec 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Community Service

All parents want to raise their kids to be  self-reliant, hard-working, successful adults. It is not easy to do, because to do so children must take responsibility for their own actions. It is difficult to watch a child ... Read more
School Attendance Is Critical for Success

Dec 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Part of my responsibility at work is to track attendance and grades to make sure students are on track for success. There is a high correlation between attending school regularly and better grades. There are days when it is a... Read more
Help Your Daughter Deal With "Mean Girls"

Nov 25, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teen Girls, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Sometimes adolescent girls can be mean to one another. I am not certain why this happens. My mother always said it was because they are jealous. Perhaps so, but whatever the reason for it, it can really hurt. It especially hu... Read more