Author: Peter Strawn

Week 4 #slowchatED Reflection: No Student Is An Island

Cross-posted at Strawn ED.

You know John Donne’s “Meditation XVII.” Here is an excerpt which I hope sounds somewhat familiar:

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

This particular section influenced everyone from the Trappist monk Thomas Merton to the American novelist Ernest Hemingway. Now, the real question is this: what in the world does this have to do with summarizing this past week’s #slowchatED discussion focused on building community in the classroom?