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.


Multitasking or Just Plain Distracted?

May 23, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Learning Styles, Cell Phones, ADHD

There is a lot of talk about multitasking these days. Many claim they can do two things at once. However, if two tasks require conscious attention, we cannot do both of them at the same time and do both well. If we try to do ... Read more
With Learning, It Doesn't Matter How Long It Takes

May 16, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Last week, I wrote about grades and what they really mean. Do they really reflect actual learning? Teacher Ron Simmons tells a story in his math classes at Hilton Head Prep School. He shares this with his math students when t... Read more
Grades: How Much Do They Really Tell About Learning?

May 09, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Styles, Kids Learning, Grades

After visiting a school that has made a concerted effort to change how they evaluate their students, I started thinking about the grades teachers give to students. If a student gets a C at the end of the quarter, what does th... Read more
Think Carefully Before Skipping ADHD Medication

May 02, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, ADHD

Many children take medications to help them focus their attention in school. It is a difficult decision to put a child on medications, but it can be extremely helpful for some children. Sometimes students don’t take the... Read more
Make the Most of Museum Visits With Your Child

Apr 25, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Museums are marvelous places to learn about our culture—history, music, art, science, and current events. Many families are making plans for summer trips that will include visits to local museums. I went recently on a f... Read more
Reduce the Stress of High-Stakes Standardized Tests

Apr 18, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, Livia McCoy

Many schools are focusing on the standardized tests coming up soon. These tests are so important to schools because they stand to lose their accreditation if their students do not perform well enough on them. In addition, man... Read more
Families and Learning Differences

Apr 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

It is common that learning differences run in families. It is not totally clear whether these differences are inherited. However, I have personally witnessed many, many cases of a child who has the same trouble in school that... Read more
AudioNote: A Technological Solution for Note Taking

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

In an earlier blog I wrote about the Livescribe Pen which is a recording pen that assists students who have trouble taking notes. In this same blog, I mentioned the AudioNote app. At that point, I did not have any experience ... Read more
Necessary Skills for Students in the Digital Age

Mar 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy

My 8-year-old grandson recently picked up the television remote control, turned on the satellite dish, found the recorded program his mom wanted to watch, highlighted the correct one, and then handed the remote to his mom. He... Read more
Let Kids Know That Failure Is a Normal Part of Life

Mar 21, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

As parents, we want to protect our children from failure. What we don’t realize is that failure is an important part of life. If children do not experience failure, they may not learn to struggle through to success. Thi... Read more