Hospitality and an Open Door
I have noticed that various themes follow me, and a current one is the need for open doors. Open doors represent hospitality, which is crucial in the classroom. When a teacher offers hospitality to students, he or she invites them into a learning community.
I have read that studies “reveal” that when a student is at ease and comfortable, he or she learns more readily and retains learning for a longer period of time. But, I do not need a study to tell me that. As a teacher, I know that a student who feels welcomed and at ease enjoys learning. A student who is anxious and fearful spends his or her energy in dealing with those discomforts instead of on learning.
The photo is of a painting entitled, “Open Doors.” I purchased it from local artist Jessica Kovan. She painted it for display in conjunction with the play “Blue Door,” which was produced at the Williamston Theatre in September and October of 2010.
copyright© 2010 by Paulette L. Stenzel for the photo and text.
Paulette L. Stenzel
I am Professor Emeritus of International Business Law and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU). I am also a mom, learner, writer, violinist, environmentalist -in -process, traveler, and avid reader. I continue to teach part time at MSU and coordinate the Broad College Ethical Leadership program Additionally, I advise Spartan Global Development Fund - a microfinance organization.