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.


Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 3

Jul 11, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

My last two blogs have been about building resilience in kids. Resilient kids can deal with things when they do not go their way, and they recover quickly when things do not go well for them. Part 1 on resilience explains tha... Read more
Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 2

Jul 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

Last week I wrote about resilient children. Children who are resilient can bounce back after they experience a setback. When Gino failed a test, he was disappointed. But he didn’t stay depressed about it and quickly rea... Read more
Help Kids Build Resilience, Part 1

Jun 27, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Social and Emotional Development, Parenting, Livia McCoy

All of us go through tough times. Some students have more than their share. Divorce, death in the family, events in the news, high-stakes testing and many other factors add to the normal stresses all kids experience. Children... Read more
3 Strategies To Help Kids Follow Spoken Directions

Jun 20, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Marcus frequently misunderstands oral directions. There are many children who have this issue. The underlying cause can be difficult to figure out. Consider what has to happen in his brain when he hears, “Marcus, would ... Read more
Some Last Lessons for My Students

Jun 13, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy

Saying goodbye to students is always a difficult time of the year for teachers. We spend a lot of time with our students. For me, I figure about 200 hours of time with each person. For elementary school teachers, it’s a... Read more
Math Games To Keep Skills Sharp in Summer

Jun 06, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Math, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Summer vacation should be just that. It should be time for students to relax and enjoy life without worrying about school. This is especially true for those who find school difficult and exhausting. On the other hand, summer ... Read more
Summer Chores Teach Kids Responsibility

May 30, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Smartphone Apps, Livia McCoy

Summer is a great time to develop responsibility in your children. Many parents plan wonderful activities to keep their children busy over the summer. Camping, swimming, trips to the park, vacationing—all are important ... Read more
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