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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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10.1.16

Opportunities for Discovery Abound: A Look at the Open Program

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

Each summer, the Open Program Facilitators spend time researching, planning and preparing for the program year ahead. This year in the Open Program, youth will have the chance to dig into...

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9.1.16

Living History

Our family has taken a while to journey to the shores of self-directed learning and Open Connections. We’ve passed through a number of other educational lands—from a church-affiliated preschool to a...

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8.1.16

Shaping Your Life: The Benefits of Reflection in the Learning Process

Mike Hilbert, Co-Director, Program Coordinator (ages 13-18 years), Facilitator

Before the OC year begins, staff members spend several weeks together exchanging ideas, creating stronger bonds, developing areas of expertise, being exposed to new content, and benefiting from...

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7.1.16

Setting Patterns for an Attitude of Joyful Living

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

I began this composition while sitting in the waiting room of a Subaru dealership where I overheard a long conversation full of complaints about life’s “miseries.” It made me think of my many peers...

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5.1.16

Life Skills in Group Tutorial IV

Emily Bergson-Shilcock, Substitute Facilitator

Life Skills in Group Tutorial IV: Collaboration, Research Papers, Math Competency, Science Experiments and More   The purpose of this article is to provide a clearer understanding of how older...

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4.1.16

The HeART of the Matter

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

STEAM?! Someone pinch me so I know I’m not dreaming.    The STEAM movement, led by John Maeda and his colleagues at Rhode Island School of Design, was born in the interest of adding Art and...

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