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.


Explain Everything: A Low-Cost App for Creative Presentations

Sep 26, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Smartphone Apps, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School, Creativity

Last week, I was invited to the middle school where I work to hear student presentations. Their assignment was to create a project using Explain Everything that had several slides. The purpose of the presentation was to intro... Read more
How To Help a Child With an Auditory Processing Disorder

Sep 19, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning

Students who have an auditory processing disorder are often left behind in the classroom even though they are very smart. Like many learning differences, APD is not something you can tell is there. Most of the time, children ... Read more
Tips for Overcoming Homework Frustrations

Sep 12, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework

The most frequent complaints I hear from parents relate to homework. For some, their child doesn’t have enough homework to do. For others, too much. Sometimes the complaint is that the homework is too hard, or that teac... Read more
Thought and Planning Can Improve Written Work

Sep 05, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Writing, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

For most of us, summer vacation seems like it was ages ago. We are going full force at school. Students are already working on daily homework and long-term projects. English teachers are teaching their students the writing pr... Read more
Creative Ways To Make and Use Flash Cards

Aug 29, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Back to School

Before very long, it will be time for the first test of the school year. Tests can be stressful, especially when students have not prepared well enough. Many students learn by studying flash cards. They are a great study meth... Read more
Helping Children Deal With Anxiety

Aug 22, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Anxiety

Teachers are back at work in many schools getting ready for students to arrive. As I was sitting in one of our professional development workshops this week, the leader said, “We are creating a society full of anxious ki... Read more
Unscheduled Time—Does Your Child Get Enough?

Aug 15, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Healthy Kids, Back to School

One of my favorite things in life is watching my grandson play. He doesn’t need toys, although he does like them. He sometimes picks up a stick and one moment it’s an airplane. Then it becomes a car, then a train,... Read more
Strategies To Help Your Child Get to School On Time

Aug 08, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Sleep, Livia McCoy

Every school year, we have certain students who are chronically late to school. Just a few minutes might not seem like a big problem, but it actually has a bigger effect than you realize. Those who arrive a little late miss o... Read more
Getting Organized: Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Aug 01, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Organization, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Many parents are shopping for school supplies, and most are using the list of supplies provided by their child’s school. Some students have problems keeping up with their school “stuff.” These kids lose penc... Read more
Why Dress Codes Matter for Teenagers

Jul 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Livia McCoy

Adolescents go to school for a number of reasons beyond the fact that they are required to. If you ask them why, it is likely they will tell you they go to see their friends. (They have a different agenda than their parents a... Read more