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.


10 Things New Graduates Should Know

Jun 10, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy, High School

The class of 2014 has now graduated. I always have mixed emotions when students leave after several years of working together. I remember all the struggles along the way, and how they made it through those struggles to gradua... Read more
In a Digital World, Many Students Prefer Printed Books

Jun 03, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning

Will there ever be a day when there are no real books in schools? This question comes up periodically when we discuss how we should prepare students for the twenty-first century. I hope the answer is “Of course not!&rdq... Read more
In Summer Months, Practice School Skills as a Family

May 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

In just a few weeks, school will close for the summer! It is important that students have some time for fun and relaxation while off. There are some skills, however, that students need to practice even through the summer mont... Read more
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 2

May 20, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Social and Emotional Development, Memory, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Last week’s blog, Returning to School After a Concussion (Part 1), was about concussions and how difficult it is for students to catch up with schoolwork after the necessary extended absence for cognitive rest. Once stu... Read more
Returning to School After a Concussion, Part 1

May 13, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Health and Fitness

It is normal for students to miss school because of illness. When an illness causes a child to miss more than a few days, it is difficult for him to get caught up when he returns. One of the hardest absences to handle is when... Read more
What To Do When You Don’t Get the Grade You Expected

May 06, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

Students usually have an idea what they will get on an assignment when they turn it in. Many times, they are right on the mark. But there are times when the grade is much lower than expected. It is important to find out what ... Read more
Preparing Young High Schoolers for College Success

Apr 28, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, High School, College

College planning is certainly not my specialty area, but I do listen when our college counselor talks to students and families. Here are some key points I have heard her say many times. Ninth grade matters. In most schools, t... Read more
Getting Teens To Open Up

Apr 22, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

One of the most common questions parents ask me about their teenage child is, “Is she normal?” They are usually concerned because their child, who used to be talkative and cheerful at home, is now surly; she answe... Read more
Hard Times Help Prepare Teens for the Road Ahead

Apr 15, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, once said, “Out of life’s school…what does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” I recently heard someone talking about school and how hard it is for so many s... Read more
Preparing To Take the Common Core Assessments

Apr 08, 2014 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy, Common Core Standards

Students in some schools across the country will take online tests on the Common Core curriculum this spring. These tests do not actually count, and many schools are exempt from giving their normal tests in order to participa... Read more