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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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The Midden Project: From Digging to Display, Real Work, Collaboration and Applied Academics in Group Tutorial IV

Kelly Dowd, Facilitator, Evaluator

A midden is a refuse heap, a collection of unwanted, broken items tossed in a pile and left to crumble further, forgotten by their owners. A midden is also a hidden treasure cache, filled with clues...



Creating New Opportunities to Develop Writing as a Part of Natural Learning

Jody Fitts, Facilitator

Moving into the Group Tutorial I programs, youth continue to develop their various skills around written communication. In recent years, writing has primarily centered around letters of appreciation...



The Value of Partnership Education at OC

Cindy Pizziketti, Choice Program Co-coordinator, Facilitator

One of the things that I found frustrating in public school was that when we returned from summer vacation, we did not start right back where we left off the previous June. In math especially, we...



Peter's Podium December 2017

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

I certainly hope that the saying “It’s always darkest before the dawn” has some validity today, especially concerning the prospects for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the younger...



It Is Not All Just Fun and Games

Cindy Pizziketti, Choice Program Co-coordinator, Facilitator

  The end of this program year was marked by a lot of fun and games: first the Tuesday groups held an all-campus, four team Capture-the-Flag game and then the Wednesday and Thursday groups took on...



A Joyful Approach to Parenting

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

Of all of the pearls of wisdom that fell from the lips of my dear wife (Susan Shilcock), perhaps the wisest and most useful to overwrought parents were the comforting words, “They are who they are.”...

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