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Livia McCoy
Take Advantage of Real-Life Learning Experiences

Jul 25, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

There is nothing like a real-life experience to make you want to learn something new. In the education world, we call this "authentic learning." My grandsons found a pill bug (sowbug, roly-poly bug) under the house where we... Read more
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Using Text-to-Speech Software to Proofread

Jul 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Summertime writing projects are a great time to work on proofreading skills. My students hate to proofread their work! I guess it's because it takes longer to finish it if they take the time to proof it. However, it is a w... Read more
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Learning to Accept Help

Jul 12, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Summer Learning, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Math, Fun Learning Activities

Some of my summer school students feel like accepting my help means I am doing the work for them. They would rather turn in lower quality work and do it totally by themselves. This is admirable -- that they want to do the w... Read more
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Fairness Is Not Always What It Seems

Jul 05, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Parents sometimes feel guilty about spending money on one child who needs extra help and not spending the same amount of money on their other children -- or, not having the money to spend on the others. Tutors, special summe... Read more
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How to Help Your Child Improve his or her Memory

Jun 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children struggle with memory. This is especially true when learning something brand new when there isn’t already similar learning in memory. But, according to Dr. Gary Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis, there is... Read more
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Learning Disabilities Increase Risk in the Cyber World

Jun 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

The number one concern of most parents is keeping their children safe and healthy. The Internet, smart phones, and cell phones have added a level of concern that parents just a few years ago did not have to worry about! Some... Read more
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What Decisions Should T(w)eens be Allowed to Make?

Jun 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Do you ever find yourself questioning whether you are making the right decision for your adolescent? I believe in giving kids choices when I can. Adolescents resent that they have so little control over their lives. But, t... Read more
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Teaching Children to Accept Responsibility For Their Actions

Jun 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

All of my students have a specific language learning disability. I have noticed through the years, that many of them try to use their learning problems as an excuse for poor behavior. Parents and teachers have to make sure ... Read more
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Easing High Stakes Testing Stress

May 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress.  We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome.  Children have to pass a certain... Read more
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Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more