I skimmed through my Twitter feed this morning catching up on the big news of the day…Where in the world is  @alicekeeler presenting? What is @gcouros posting about leadership? Has @willrich45 toppled another edu-dogmatic truth?

I accidentally clicked on my Likes tab and found an old tweet from Joe Bower.

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Joe entered my teaching world several years ago, through a reference at a conference, and changed my teaching philosophy 180º. He sparked a deep and powerful engine in me that to this day would not have been tuned through my everyday interactions in my school, my region, and at the time my province.

To date, I pay tribute to Joe’s philosophy of education by asking questions and activating resources that support both student learning and well-being. I too share the view that marks can get in the way of learning. And that the motivation to learn can be hamstrung by standardized assessment tools.

For a millisecond I wondered whether Joe was out playing ball or stepping up to some part of the system, creating hard conversations…then I came across this article and the bottom fell out of my heart.

To his family and friends, I sympathize with your loss. My deepest condolences go out to you.

If you happen upon this post I encourage you to read Joe’s blog

I assure you that I will return to his posts as long as the site remains and to his teachings throughout my career.

Thank-you Joe.

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