Dealing with Tension

How should a teacher deal with tension in class? If the teacher encourages spirited discussion, there is the possibility for tension. If the tension is created because of differences of opinion, the teacher will want to facilitate respect for the opinions expressed. If the tension is created because a student is propounding a concept that is counter to the Scripture, the teacher should turn the attention of the class to what the Bible says about the topic. If the teacher or no one in the class is familiar with a biblical response to the discussion, the teacher can postpone continuation of the discussion with the promise to research biblical evidence regarding the topic. The class can also be invited to research the topic, and discussion can continue at the next class period. It is incumbent on the teacher to remain respectful but to provide a scriptural perspective in these situations.