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Oliver’s Letter

Oliver’s Letter

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Hello everybody,My name is Oliver and I am a member of Compass, a centre for Self-Directed Learning. I have been fortunate to have had the option of either homeschooling or going to school all my life. I’ve loved the freedom homeschooling offered me.However, in Grade 7, I was interested to see wha ...
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Year End, and Term 2

Year End, and Term 2

As we wind down our Fall Term, I would like to recognize and thank everyone who is a part of our Compass Community. From staff, to kids and their families, to our donors, you are all integral to the vibrant learning space that Compass is. We still have work ahead of us as we move towards sus ...
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Is Your Child Having a Rough Start to the Year? 5 Reasons Your Family Might Consider A Semester Away From School

Is Your Child Having a Rough Start to the Year? 5 Reasons Your Family Might Consider A Semester Away From School

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Unless you’re a homeschooling family, your child or teen has been in school for many years. Consider this a sabbatical. Everyone can use a sabbatical. Wouldn’t you love one? If Sunday nights are anxiety-provoking and homework is a constant battle, a change might be the best thing for the entire ...
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In Progress

In Progress

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For this month's blog, we invited mother/daughter duo Tamara McIntyre and Zea Jones to each reflect on the reason's behind the family's decision to send Zea to Compass and the resulting changes in Zea's approach to learning. Zea is a bedrock member of our community and her enthusiasm for life and l ...
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What Happens After University Acceptance?

What Happens After University Acceptance?

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Over the past four months I have been teaching at Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning, offering a course in political theory and how big ideas about politics and society can be applied to today's tumultuous world. Over the past six years, while pursuing my Masters and PhD in History at the Uni ...
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Reflections

Reflections

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The blog post below was written by one of our teachers new to Compass this fall, Amanda Lara. In it, she reflects on how teaching at Compass feels different than any other teaching environment in which she has taught. If you are wondering what distinguishes Compass. I have a two-word response: Non-c ...
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The Happy Thanksgiving Blog Post

The Happy Thanksgiving Blog Post

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“I got sick of it all. Why was I making myself so unhappy from being in school when there’s so much out there to see and experience? Then I found out that you didn’t even need to finish school to have a fulfilled life. You can work or go to university without a high school degree. I di ...
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The Teens Are Doing Whaaat?

The Teens Are Doing Whaaat?

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The teens are back and it’s fantastic. For the first time since we opened our door nearly four years ago, we’re open five days a week. We are spending our Fridays working on a collective project we’re not yet ready to reveal. But I can let you in on some of the ways that young people at Compas ...
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Learning is something you do.

Learning is something you do.

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Just as we were winding down the last ‘school’ year in June, I published an article in Rabble, called “Many teens find school stifling, stressful and depressing. So why don’t we reinvent it?” (actually, the Rabble editor had changed it to “So why don’t we fix it?” and I had to reques ...
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True Confessions of an Alternative Educator & The Deal with Classes

True Confessions of an Alternative Educator & The Deal with Classes

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“This course offers an opportunity to participate in a hands-on, experiential laboratory of creative innovation. We will study basic applied physics and structural engineering through the construction of simple and complex machines, examining the principles of buoyancy, flight, propulsion, gravity ...
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