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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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Benefits of Read-Aloud With Older Youth


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...



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...



Effective Written Communication

Emily Bergson-Shilcock, Substitute Facilitator

Effective written communication matters. It matters if you are planning a career as a journalist or a writer, but it also matters if you plan to work with people too. It matters. Therefore, as both a...



Multiple Wits and A Gritty Mindset of Learning

Kelly Dillon, Program Coordinator (ages 7-12), Choice Co-coordinator, Facilitator

Imagine a world where people young and old are making valued, innovative contributions while passionately following their muses and pursuing unique interests in a manner that suits—with wits and grit...



There's No Such Thing As Perfection: Exploring the Meaning of "Good Enough"

Julia Bergson-Shilcock, Co-Director

As I sat down to compose a piece for the OC Magazine, I found myself feeling pulled in many directions. I keep a running list of potential article topics on my dry erase board in my office, so that...



The Importance of Clientship

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

I believe that I have described previously the origin of the term clientship as it is used at Open Connections. Perhaps, though, a short refresher would be in order before I go on to make the point...

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