Florida International University (Special Education)
My name is Beth Levine. I have recently gone back to teaching after a long time in corporate America, mainly at educational print and technology publishing companies. I started my career as a special education teacher, specific learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral challenges. I taught middle school outside of Chicago and in South Florida.
I am currently teaching enrichment classes in Public Speaking and Debate for grades 1-8. Study skills and how to "attack" time management and organization of the material is the key to success!
Most important is my own experience as a learner. While I was working on my BS in Special Education, I realized the reason I didn't enjoy reading. The terms dyslexia and ADD/ADHD were finally coming to the forefront. I started to think about my experiences in elementary school and all the notes home about not being able to stop talking! Long story short, I believe I am slightly dyslexic and until recently as a "mature" adult, I now can stop talking and hold still!
When I started teaching I had many 6-8 graders who had not been identified as needing special educational until they were older. Yes, at that time the screening for young children was not happening consistently if at all. Because of that, my belief was to arm the older kids with the skills to work around their challenges. Skills to learn to focus, organize, categorize skills, and attack challenges in pieces. It has worked for me as I have been quite successful not only in college, but throughout my corporate career!
By the way, I worked for Pearson/Addison-Wesley Publishing for 10 years at the time when they were the #1 Mathematics publisher in the US. I was a math product manager. I have always loved math and I have never had the issues I have with reading because I have learned to check the order of my numbers more than once!
I believe that finding the right person to assist your student(s) is really important. I have always connected with my students. I am a good listener, hence my success in sales. I respect my students and in return they respect me. I am always truthful even with the youngest learners. I value my relationships with my students, and their families! My name is Beth Levine. I have recently gone back to teaching after a long time in corporate America, mainly at educational print and technology publishing companies. I started my career as a special education teacher, specific learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral challenges. I taught middle school outside of Chicago and in South
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I have a BS in Special Education, with specific focus in behavior disorders and how ADD/ADHD effects learning. In 5 years of teaching students with Specific Learning Disabilities, at least one third of my students exhibited a lack of concentration. I use various strategies to assist students including organizing the material and allowing students physical adjustments when needed.
I have a BS in Special Education, and Dyslexia is included in the category of Specific Learning Disabilities that is sometimes overlooked and can be minor to very disruptive. Simple strategies such as using highlighters and using your finger to track can be helpful. Many times students when made aware of how their reading and math are affected, works to show students what they are checking for.
I spent many years at Addison Wesley Publishing Company when one out of every four students in the US was in an Addison Wesley mathematics textbook. I was an Elementary Mathematics Product Manager and helped design student and teacher material. I love math!
I am currently teaching Public Speaking and Debate in many Bay Area school districts enrichment and after school programs for grades 1-8. Have been trained by the Bay Area Debate Club. I have judged numerous tournaments as well as recently ran a workshop series for grades 3-8 in San Jose. I have complete curriculum materials for Public Speaking for grades 1-8.
I have a BS in Special Education, covering Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotionally Disturbances, and Behavior Disorders. Children who learn differently can succeed when the differences are identified and the student understands the best way they learn and retain material. Many times students once they have gained insight into their learning differences, become very successful.
A major part of working with special education students is helping them to get organized. Time management and study skills pave the road to success. Because my teaching background is mainly middle school grades, the teaching of how to prepare to study is as important as actually studying. Sometimes organizing the material into segments that make sense to the student can really help. Taking breaks and figuring out the best time of the day to study can increase retention of material.