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This OC Blog features articles from our quarterly OC Magazine.  Articles cover a variety of topics inspired by the different programs that we offer at OC. You will also find Peter's Podium written by Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder, who explores broader philosophical topics related to Open Education.

 

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10.1.17

Open Program: Supporting the Development of Life-long Learners

Michelle Brockway, Program Coordinator (ages 4-8 years), Facilitator

At the conclusion of each program year, we take time to reflect upon the year and to say goodbye to Open Program youth who are moving up to Group Tutorial. A lot changes from September to June;...

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8.1.17

The Value of Storytelling For All Ages in All Areas of Life

Lucy Tyson, Facilitator

The Value of Storytelling For All Ages in All Areas of Life  By Sue Wenger, Lucy Tyson and Mike Hilbert, Shaping Your Life Facilitators   Imagine life without stories. It’s hard to do. There...

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7.1.17

The Risks of Un-invited Instruction

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

The Risks of Un-invited Instruction   Watching my six-year-old grandson at his T-ball practice this spring, I was taken back to my time as assistant coach with my daughter Julia’s youth soccer...

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6.1.17

Looking Back . . . Reprinted with an update.

This article was originally written by OC Co-Founder Susan Shilcock in 1997 and printed in Growing Without Schooling. Here we are reprinting it with updates from Amanda, Emily, Julia and Nicholas...

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5.15.17

Benefits of Read-Aloud With Older Youth

Nikki Graham, Substitute Facilitator

Picture this: a room full of 11-13-year-olds so intent, so absorbed, so engrossed by their Facilitator’s voice that if you muted her momentarily, you could most assuredly hear a pin drop. I promise...

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5.1.17

Exploring Mindfulness in the Group Tutorial II Programs

Amy Hertzog, Facilitator

  Imagine holding a jar containing glitter and water. The glitter rests on the bottom of the jar waiting for its chance to move. You shake the jar and watch the flecks of glitter swirl and tumble...

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