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.


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
A Fun Game To Improve Working Memory

Oct 19, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Fun Learning Activities

  Working memory is not a new topic for my blog. I have mentioned it several times before. It is an important topic to learn about because students who have working memory issues often struggle more in school. Essentiall... Read more
Some Children Just Need Time To Think

Oct 11, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles

Young children take more time to process information than older kids do. Parents and teachers have a tendency to speak too quickly for them, and they get confused easily. Remember Mr. Rogers? He spoke very slowly to children... Read more
Successful Study Habits: How To Highlight Effectively

Oct 04, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy

Highlighting can be a great study strategy, especially in the early stages of learning. (It is limited, of course, to worksheets or books students own.) It can help you find information later to review it or make study cards ... Read more