Last September, Dr. Benjamin Quinn shared two articles here at Between the Times discussing the subject of student-hood and neighbor-love. As a new school year is getting started, it’s a great time to review those posts.
In Part 1, Dr. Quinn discusses the relationship between fellow students. Dr. Quinn writes:
We will begin by considering the peer-to-peer relationships between fellow students. At least five areas emerge where neighbor-love directly affects how peers relate while students. The first is pretty straightforward—that dreadful word that has plagued us since Kindergarten—attendance! Don’t worry, I will not attempt a case for “perfect attendance” here. If we are serious about loving our fellow students, however, showing up to class should be a priority. I’ll leave it at that for now.
What does neighbor-love look like for the relationship between professor and student? We will consider this in light of classroom etiquette, respect and expectations.
Classroom etiquette sets the tone for neighbor love towards one’s professor. By etiquette, I’m especially referring to attendance, participation and good listening. In part one, we considered the importance of professors creating an open, participatory environment where listening and learning flows both from teacher to student and from student to teacher. But, now it is important to underscore that the professor is the classroom leader.
Dr. Benjamin Quinn is Assistant Professor of Theology and History of Ideas at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness for the College at Southeastern.