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.

David Brooks: resume or eulogy? #TED 5min

Schooling for the head. Educating for the heart. Finding the balance of #BothAnd as we design schools for cognition and character.

#HumanCenteredProblemSolving

David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love — the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves “Adam I” and “Adam II.”) Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

Mindset Book Study: Learning Resources from #MVPSchool

In March and April 2014, the faculty of the Lower School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School engaged in three book-study cohorts exploring Dr. Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success…How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential.

The game plans for our learning together can be found on Scribd and Google Docs.

And to really engage in #DeeperLearning around Mindset, we developed Mindset Bingo, which can also be found on Scribd and Google Docs.

My Learning Journey at #SXSWedu 2014

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For several weeks, I’ve been wanting to archive the learning sessions that I attended at #SXSWedu this year. Today, I finally got around to it.

My Learning Journey at SXSWedu 2014:

Monday, March 3, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

IT’S ABOUT LEARNING: “Be Present: Mount Vernon Plays to Connect #SXSWedu Session & Creative Mornings Atlanta on #Childhood”

  • Meet-Up with Dr. Reshan Richards, 3.4.14, 4:30 p.m.
  • Mardi Gras Party Hosted by 4.0 Schools
  • Dinner with @am_gallagher, @scitechyedu, @SAISNews, @lndeutch, @kamithor, @elizabeth_lytle

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 Wednesday, March 5, 2014

STORIFY: “Wed., 3.5.14, Bo’s a.m. #SXSWedu #selfdirect #DisruptEdu”

  • Reverse Engineering to Teach Design in High School, 3.5.14, 2:00 p.m.
  • #AK12DC Mentors & Facilitators Conference Call, 3.5.14, 3:30 p.m.
  • Meet-Up with Julie Wilson, Institute for the Future of Learning, 3.5.14, 5:00 p.m.
  • Dinner with @scitechyedu, @jennzia, @WickedDecent, @treyboden, @lndeutch, @coachhkay, +some
  • #dtk12chat live from #SXSWedu

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

STORIFY: “Tapping Crowd Wisdom RE: #Badges #MicroCredentialing”

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STORIFY: Reflecting on #SXSWedu 2014 via Tweets”

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Related: SAIS@SXSWedu

Be Present: Mount Vernon Plays to Connect #SXSWedu Session & Creative Mornings Atlanta on #Childhood

How are you being present – being in the present – and playing to connect?

On Tuesday, March 4, thanks to Mary Cantwell, Trey Boden, a number of folks @MVPSchool, and the organizers of SXSWedu, I enjoyed a fabulous opportunity to facilitate a Playground Session at SXSWedu, in the “Hands On” category.

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Our game plan for the session can be found on Scribd and Google Docs. And Mary (@scitechyedu) captured much of the fun, in pictures, with her post “Mount Vernon Plays to Connect @ #SXSWedu.”

By playing, we were not preparing for anything in particular or readying ourselves for the future. We were playing to be present – to be in the present – and to connect with our fellow playmates, or learners. We were playing to connect with our inner child, our beginner’s mind, and our innate storyteller. We were playing to #HaveFun and thread connections among ourselves and others.

We were playing to…play.

Like kids on a playground.

Like we did when we were immersed in our own childhoods.

At the end of January, Shelley Clifford and I attended a Creative Mornings Atlanta. The theme was “Childhood,” and we heard Aretta Baumgartner and Patty Dees speak about puppetry arts as a way of reconnecting with our childhood — being fully present and playing to connect. As Aretta captivated us all, she strung us together in a game that put us in the role of puppets. And our biggest challenge was to BE PRESENT. To let go of our egos and to simply enjoy playing.

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During the #SXSWedu Playground session “Mount Vernon Plays to Connect,” we reiterated this point about the power of play — there is great energy and fun in being present and being in the present. Amidst the joy of doing so, we connect to a great many things, and, more importantly, to a great many other people.

When we play, we are like children embracing their childhood — playing to learn, playing to connect, and playing to…play.

Be present. Be in the present. Embrace your childhood. Connect. Go play.

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