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.


Using Pictures to Aid Vocabulary Memorization = Better Results

Dec 14, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

Some students do all right on daily work, but when it comes time to take the test—they fail. I currently have a student in my chemistry class who says he just cannot learn new vocabulary. He says that he can understand... Read more
Stand up and Study More!

Dec 07, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Supplies, School Success, Organization, Livia McCoy, ADHD

After my posting on creating a friendly environment for ADHD children, I heard from several people about how much they like the stand-up desks. One felt it would be great for him rather than his children. Another says she p... Read more
Creating a Friendly Environment for ADHD Children

Nov 30, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, ADHD

Many people need to wiggle while they learn. Because this can be a distraction to other students, students with ADHD need to learn how to move without disturbing others. I have taught students how to kick their foot so that... Read more
Does my Child Have Dysgraphia?

Nov 22, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Motor Skills, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

At the risk of causing a controversy, I am going to tell you what I think dysgraphia is! The reason I say this is controversial is that the definition of dysgraphia has changed through the years, and I disagree with the dire... Read more
How Can I Help my Child with her Long Term Project?

Nov 15, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities

What? Mary has a science project to do? Many struggling students have a terrible time with long term projects. These projects require them to manage their time and energy for the project while continuing with their normal ... Read more
How do I Know if my Child is Dyslexic?

Nov 08, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Dyslexia is very hard to define! In fact, a recent entry on Facebook said, "My son’s school just told me there is no such thing as dyslexia! I’m dyslexic; how can they say there is no such thing?" What the school ... Read more
Little Things Can Help a Struggling Student

Nov 01, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Sometimes I don’t totally understand why something I do helps a student! A couple of weeks ago I gave a chemistry test. I had several phone calls from one of my student’s parents and five emails from her son telli... Read more
When a Child Struggles to Read: What a Parent Needs to Know

Oct 25, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Every child needs to learn how to read well. When reading does not come easily, it affects every part of life. Thanks to research conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we know th... Read more
Forming a Parent-Teacher Partnership to Help a Struggling Child

Oct 18, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

When parents and schools work together, children benefit. According to a report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children ... Read more
Is my Child Working Hard Enough in School?

Oct 12, 2010 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

My last blog (about skills versus intelligence) mentioned that some parents and teachers think children are not trying when in reality they are working very hard. It is a concern that I have for struggling students, because j... Read more