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.


Accurately Filling Out Forms: A Lost Skill?

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There are some fundamental skills students need to learn that aren’t normally taught in school. On several occasions through the years, I have been responsible for collecting forms for an event such as a field trip. Typ... Read more
Ways To Motivate Students To Do Their Best

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

One of the most difficult parts of raising kids is motivating them to do their best work. Adolescents can be externally motivated (like when you take their smartphone away from them until they get their grades up to an accept... Read more
The Olympics Teach Valuable Lessons About Perseverance

Feb 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Singulyarra/Shutterstock Many families are spending hours watching the Sochi Olympics. It is amazing to see world-class athletes from so many different countries competing against one another. Several of the medal wi... Read more
Adolescents Should Solve Most of Their Problems Themselves

Feb 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

In nearly 30 years of teaching school, I have seen hundreds of cases where parents involve themselves in their adolescents’ problems. Sometimes, that’s the right thing to do because the problem is too great for a ... Read more
The Link Between TV Time and Brain Development

Feb 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Scientists have known for a long time that children who are raised in a stimulating environment learn more easily than those who are not. Children need toys to play with, puzzles to solve, and to interact with other people. A... Read more
Machine-Scored Bubble Forms Can Cause Problems for Some Students

Jan 30, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Test Scores, Struggling Students, Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Multiple choice and true/false tests are often evaluated using bubble-type, machine-scored forms. This is extremely helpful for teachers who have lots of papers to grade. But students who have visual-motor integration problem... Read more
You Can Be Good at Math, Too!

Jan 23, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Memory, Livia McCoy, Kids Math, Kids Learning

Most people feel strongly that they are either good at math or that they are terrible at it. They think that math ability is genetic and cannot be changed. An interesting new research study suggests that this might not be tru... Read more
The Parent-Teacher Partnership: A Critical Connection

Jan 16, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Michael Thompson is one of my favorite educators. He advises teachers to ask their students’ parents what they hope for their child in the future. I have started asking this question when I have a chance, because it all... Read more
Adolescence: A Time of Change and Self-Doubt

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Struggling Students, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Most adolescent students have doubts about themselves. Your child may feel that everyone around him is smarter, has more friends, looks better, or is a better athlete. He might think he doesn’t have much chance of succe... Read more
The Keys to Success in School

Jan 02, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In my nearly 30 years of teaching, I have worked with many students who are struggling and anxious. There are times when these kids are their own worst enemy. The choices they make often exacerbate the problem. Here are some ... Read more