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 Students Find Opportunities To Mentor Others

Jan 31, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

We have a science fair mentoring program at our school for students who have completed satisfactory projects in the past. These students are required to apply for the position and pass a test that proves they understand the s... Read more
Brain Development in Teens: Help Them Deal With Peer Pressure

Jan 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

A key area of the brain lies just behind the forehead. This area is called the prefrontal cortex, and it controls many high-level thought processes. Teens tend to make impulsive decisions and fail to consider the consequences... Read more
Life Beyond School Is Often Successful for Students With Learning Disabilities

Jan 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school are complicated. There are similarities between any two of them, but there are many more differences. I used to say this is why we should not label children as having a learning disability, att... Read more
Why Is Spelling So Hard for Some Kids?

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Have you ever wondered why some people can speak and read well but are terrible at spelling? In order to understand why, you have to take a look at language in general. Not long after a baby is born, he begins to babble by mi... Read more
Helping Your Teen Through the Tough Times

Jan 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Adolescence is a difficult time of life. I frequently hear my students complain about their family, their parents, and life in general. Many adolescents feel that their parents do not love them. From my perspective, many of t... Read more
How To Prepare for Semester Exams

Dec 27, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many children will return to school after the holiday and begin preparing for semester exams. Exams that cover a whole semester can be overwhelming for some students, especially if they do not do well on tests that are shorte... Read more
What Do Grades Really Mean?

Dec 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grades

So many parents worry constantly about their child’s grades. I totally understand this concern, but I do worry about how this can affect children who are struggling in school.  There are many reasons for a child to... Read more
How To Talk to Your Children About the Tragedy

Dec 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Grief

The entire nation mourns when tragedy strikes a school like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The pain must be unbearable for the families and friends of the children and educators who were so mercilessly killed. When a... Read more
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more
Decoding and Reading Comprehension: Figuring Out Your Child’s Struggle

Dec 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Reading, Elementary School, 1st Grade

Many of my students have difficulty understanding what they read. If you notice that your child struggles with reading, there are some ways you can figure out what the problem might be. Reading is very much like figuring out ... Read more