Holy Ground of Teaching and Learning

Katherine Low

Abstract


This brief article consists of my reflections after attending a class about teaching and learning in higher education. After shifting my assumptions from modern expectations that a “good” and systematic form of teaching can be taught, to post‐modern ideas concerning rich and complex experiences, I express my new understanding of teaching and learning. Due to the complex richness of recursion and feedback loops, teaching and learning holds implications beyond the classroom into the wider world. Human capacities for play, creativity, and organization resonate with a spiritual understanding of a playful God. In this theological grounding, I conceptualize the classroom in terms of a holy place in which teachers and students playfully and reverently interact and care for one another and for the subject at hand.

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