I keep going over to @joe_bower website today and just looking at the revolvermap of hits on his blog
I love that tracking spinning globe. Joe Bower’s death is reminding me we really are a global village and how wonderful what we are doing is
Sometimes I wonder if it’s wonderful. Maybe it’s all just a giant puff up that’s making us more egotistical as some articles humbly point out. And then I say no way, just look at this picture of Joe that Chris Wejr shared with us and just think of the way we do the loud, hard work of working quietly, silently, invisibly with kids every day.
This beautiful image of @joe_bower, captured by a close friend, brings tears but shows what meant the most to him.
— Chris Wejr (@ChrisWejr) January 4, 2016
I hope his kids know how much his Dad was admired for his work.
It’s hard to keep doing this job. Not only the teaching but being here every Monday 2xs a day for 5yrs. The writing, the work, the reflections. That kind of extra dedication.
That often gets us nowhere or does anything for us IRL. Seeing all those blog hits and thinking about the real connections here-
Of course, it all did get Joe somewhere. His book, his blog, the incredible connections he made online. Everyone knew him, from the famous to the friend:
Mourning the loss of gifted progressive education advocate, Joe Bower of Alberta, Canada – dead at age 37 (https://t.co/OwQDxgPgFb)
— Alfie Kohn (@alfiekohn) January 4, 2016
How proud am I to have had a best friend so noble. RIP @joe_bower
— kelly aleman (@flamesstamp) January 4, 2016
And knowing that even small interactions leave lasting impacts on people. We leave them with each other.
And yes, things have changed and are always changing. It’s the natural movement of things. And there’s so much stupid stuff out there but
For the Love of Learning
we really ARE working together. Just look at the spinning world ball of teachers honouring Joe. https://t.co/tXOrWOIaP0
— Heidi Echternacht (@hechternacht) January 4, 2016