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The Classroom as a Caring Community

Posted by Hal Urban on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

by Hal Urban

    I was a social studies teacher in a public high school for 36 years. I loved every minute of it! Well, at least almost every minute. In all honesty, my teaching career started out wonderfully, and got better each year.  I’m convinced that the key was good relationships. I was taught on my first day of graduate school in education that, “If you can reach ‘em, you can teach ‘em.” Starting with my student teaching, I put a lot energy into reaching my students, of making that all-important personal connection with them. 

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Topics: character education, teachers

The Classroom as a Caring Community

Posted by Hal Urban on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

By Hal Urban

I was a social studies teacher in a public high school for 36 years. I loved every minute of it! Well, at least almost every minute. In all honesty, my teaching career started out wonderfully, and got better each year.  I’m convinced that the key was good relationships. I was taught on my first day of graduate school in education that, “If you can reach ‘em, you can teach ‘em.” Starting with my student teaching, I  put a lot energy into reaching my students, of making that all-important personal connection with them.

My #1 goal at the beginning of each school year was to create a Caring Community in each of my five classes. The reason was simple, and really nothing more than common sense. If the teacher has a relationship of mutual respect with his students, and the students have a relationship of mutual respect with each other, a lot more teaching and learning will go on. And there will be very few behavior disruptions.

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Topics: character education, Caring Community, Urban Hal

10 Things Students Remember

Posted by Hal Urban on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

During my 36 years in the classroom I had the privilege of teaching more than 9,000 students. I feel blessed to have had contact with hundreds of them over the years. The Internet has helped. When one of these former students contacts me, I always ask the same question: “What do you most remember from being a student in my class?” I taught History, Government, Psychology, World Studies, and Current World Affairs, among other things, in a public high school.

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