About Bo Adams

Learner. Husband. Dad. Chief Learning and Innovation Officer at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA. Have worked in transformation design, educational innovation, and school leadership for 20+ years.

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  • tags: #mustread research Research-and-Development

  • Great resource for evidence-based reasons why we are emphasizing observation and awareness as a means to discover and launch project ideas. #Mindfulness (+ Innovators DNA!)

    How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes http://t.co/TAwUWh6uyw @boadams1 @ChipHouston1976 @katiejcain HT @MarieGraham

    tags: mindfulness engagement attention #MustRead decisionmaking inquiry observation

    • Sherlock Holmes’s methodology to develop the habits of mind that will allow us to mindfully engage the world.
    • Holmes has a step up on most people. “For most of his life, he had been honing a method of mindful interaction with the world.”
    • “Powers of observation can be developed by cultivating the habit of watching things with an active, enquiring mind. It is no exaggeration to say that well developed habits of observation are more important in research than large accumulations of academic learning.” — W. I. B. Beveridge in The Art of Scientific Investigation
    • “A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic.”
    • And the models have to come from multiple disciplines because all the wisdom of the world is not to be found in one little academic department.
    • Training in observation follows the same principles as training in any activity. At first one must do things consciously and laboriously, but with practice the activities gradually become automatic and unconscious and a habit is established.
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  • Applying the 6 traits that make for sticky ideas to the field of teaching. Simple. Unexpected. Concrete. Credible. Emotional. Story. I particularly appreciate the power of #curiosity in using mystery to leverage the stickiness of the “unexpected.” [Disclaimer: I love the Heath Bros. work. Really love it.] I’m not sure how I feel about some of the traditional sit-n-get examples or justifications and using “Made-to-Stick” ideas simply to make questionable pedagogy seem more palatable.

    tags: teaching made_to_stick ideas heathbros #MustRead

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  • tags: Interest-based PBL #MustRead interdisciplinary transdisciplinary innovation inquiry

  • Why do we exist?
    How do we behave?
    What do we do?
    How will we succeed?
    What is most important–right now?
    Who must do what?

    tags: culture onboarding organization lencioni #MustRead

  • I think my friend @SteveG_TLC does a GREAT job of showing how #Curiosity and #Story can be the path drivers for learning – as opposed to the traditional-school path driver of “subject area knowledge.” In this video, Steve demos how curiosity about a profile – “the Bionic Chef” can spur learning about bioengineering, geography, heathcare, psychology, etc. And this pursuit was catalyzed by a project called The Flying Classroom, created by Barrington Irving. If you are interested in seeing other ways to organize and catalyze paths of learning, @SteveG_TLC’s Google Earth videos are a super way to explore possibilities.

    tags: PBL inquiry-based #MustRead google earth FlyingClassroom Bionic Chef

  • http://t.co/psgz7I8lun @jbrettjacobsen @scitechyEDU @GrantLichtman @Learn21Tech @boadams1 fantastic resource for you Design peeps!

    HT @dmonaco

    tags: creativity failure success mastery #MustRead mindset

    • In the archers’ doggedness Lewis finds the central distinction that serves as a backbone of her book — far more important than success (hitting the bull’s-eye) is the attainment of mastery (“knowing it means nothing if you can’t do it again and again”), and in bridging the former with the latter lives the substance of true achievement. (The distinction isn’t unlike what psychologist Carol Dweck found in her pioneering work on the difference between “fixed” and “growth” mindsets.) Lewis writes:
    • Mastery requires endurance. Mastery, a word we don’t use often, is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognate — perfectionism — an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us. Mastery is also not the same as success — an event-based victory based on a peak point, a punctuated moment in time. Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved-line, constant pursuit.
    • One essential element of understanding the value of failure is the notion of the “deliberate incomplete.”
    • There is an inevitable incompletion that comes with mastery.
    • Masters are not experts because they take a subject to its conceptual end. They are masters because they realize that there isn’t one.
    • People driven by a pursuit that puts them on the edges are often not on the periphery, but on the frontier, testing the limits of what it is possible to withstand and discover.
    • the opposite of failure, which may not be success—that momentary label affixed to us by others — but reconciliation, aligning our past with an expanded vision that has just come into view.
    • we choose how we designate and how we relate to our own experience, and out of that choice, especially amidst tribulation, springs our capacity for triumph

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  • Want an INCREDIBLE example of curiosity-based, journey-driven learning? Follow Steve Goldberg’s blog. Instead of bucket-ing curriculum in siloed subject areas, what if (at least part of) the school day launched from current events as a means for deep, integrated, transdisciplinary learning?!

    tags: PBL DeeperLearning #MustRead

  • Great piece on innovation, project-based learning, and the spaces that help energize such work and learning.
    HT @TJEdwards62

    tags: #mustread pbl space learning environment school model innovation google ideo pixar collaboration

    • What would it mean for schools to have a culture centered on design thinking and interdisciplinary projects instead of siloed subjects? What if the process of education were as intentionally crafted as the products of education (i.e., we always think about the book report or the final project, but not the path to get there). What if teachers were treated as designers?
    • philosophy behind the design reveals something deeper — that its layout was designed to foster “forced collisions of people,” because “the best meetings were meetings that happened spontaneously in the hallway.”
    • Imagine what could happen if the advanced physics student and the photography student had meaningful collisions in the average American high school. What if they did by design — if their classwork wove together diverse content and skills intentionally and elegantly? What would young people see as possible? They might come to understand that the lines between music, math, physics, and art are much blurrier than textbooks make them appear. Schools could be the breeding ground for a new millennium of Renaissance young men and women where creating something trumps memorizing it.
    • valuable innovations are born from serious play, deep teamwork, and a holistically engaged (and cared for) staff.
    • Imagine what might happen if students had this same power to edit and make their own spaces within the school environment.
    • What are the school environments in your community telling you? Telling your young people? It is time to re-imagine and invest in schools and spaces ripe for creativity and cross-pollination.
  • tags: designthinking problem solving #mustread

    • A big part of brainstorming isn’t finding the perfect creative concept, but understanding the core problem better.
    • The key is to be open to slowing down.

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