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 Do Grades Really Mean?

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

So many parents worry constantly about their child’s grades. I totally understand this concern, but I do worry about how this can affect children who are struggling in school.  There are many reasons for a child to... Read more
How To Talk to Your Children About the Tragedy

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grief

The entire nation mourns when tragedy strikes a school like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The pain must be unbearable for the families and friends of the children and educators who were so mercilessly killed. When a... Read more
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more
Decoding and Reading Comprehension: Figuring Out Your Child’s Struggle

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Elementary School, 1st Grade

Many of my students have difficulty understanding what they read. If you notice that your child struggles with reading, there are some ways you can figure out what the problem might be. Reading is very much like figuring out ... Read more
Overcoming the Fear of Making an Oral Presentation

Nov 29, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Anxiety

Speaking in front of people is frightening for some people. I have faculty members who will gladly teach in front of their students but if I ask them to present something to their peers, they do not want to do it!  Thi... Read more
Deep Breathing To Help With Test Anxiety

Nov 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

  Many students completely stress out when they have a test. They might be totally prepared and know everything on it, yet they are so scared and worried that they become unable to show what they know. There are some str... Read more
Problems Copying From the Board

Nov 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Some children have a hard time copying things from the board. Some are unable to do it at all, while others are just very slow at copying. There are multiple reasons for this difficulty. Regardless of its cause, students nee... Read more
Developmental Differences in Thinking Ability

Nov 07, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

When children are very young, they can only think about concrete things—objects they can actually see or touch. The curriculum in early elementary school begins with things that are concrete. For example, science instru... Read more
Fairness Doesn’t Mean Treating All Kids the Same

Nov 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

  “That’s not fair!” Parents and teachers hear this often. What children don’t always understand is that treating students fairly does not mean treating them all alike. Even adults sometimes say t... Read more
School Might Be Hard, but Life Doesn't Have To Be

Oct 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Recently, I watched a 30 minute documentary produced by HBO called I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences. It is an excellent film that shows several children with learning di... Read more