About Judy Fishel
In a sentence, I am a teacher who still has a passion for learning, teaching and discovering new and more helpful Study Skills.
And note: I am not your teacher. If you leave a comment or question or send me an email, please just call me “Judy.”
I live in SE Florida with my husband, Bob. I enjoy bird watching, world travel, photography, reading and writing mysteries, gardening and playing with our four delightful grandchildren.While my husband and I were young, we traveled and worked for eight years in Asia. teaching short workshops. While in the Philippines I was Vice Principal at the International School just outside Manila where I did a lot of teacher training. While in the Marshall Islands, I first taught in a small local elementary school and later in what was then the only public high school in the country.
My experience includes teaching all ages from infants through adults. I have worked in schools in many parts of the United States. And I actually have taken classes in a total of 18 colleges and universities. All these experiences taught me a great deal about how to study.
I received several awards in teaching math and science including twice winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (once for elementary, once for secondary math). I have made presentations at local, regional, and national conferences for Science, Mathematics, Multiple Intelligences, Critical Thinking, and Brain-Based Teaching and Learning.
That is probably more than you really wanted to know, But, If you really want to know more: Continue
Where did I go to school? A partial list:
- 2 years at the University of Florida planning to study Biology
- 2 years at the University of Chicago: AB in Philosophy
- Chicago State University: MA in School guidance
- Bridgewater (MA) State College: MA in Biology
- Brown University: MA in ESL and Cross Cultural Studies (Thesis on Critical Thinking)
Yes, I know it’s crazy to have 4 degrees in unrelated subjects. But they all made sense at the time and they were all, more or less, related to teaching
In addition, I took courses at 13 other colleges and Universities. It makes sense when you consider that I lived many places and, as a teacher, was required to take courses to update my credentials.
In addition to classes I took for credit, I often sat in on other classes. Even when just “sitting in,” I did all the assignments and took all the tests. After all, I was in the class to learn something and it was clear to me I wouldn’t learn much if I didn’t work at it.
I hated to study, take a test and forget what I learned
Even in high school, I could see that what we worked so hard to learn was soon forgotten and I knew something was wrong. I realized that I remembered information longer when I chose to study the subject. Information learned in required classes tend to be quickly forgotten.
In recent years I found strategies to help students remember material longer, perhaps as long as they want to remember it.
As I discovered new learning strategies, I became more and more excited about this area. I am happy to be able to share the strategies I found most helpful.