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What if Compass didn’t exist?

What if Compass didn’t exist?

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While I love the work I do at Compass, sometimes I begin to feel that our voices are dim compared with the bellows of anxiety for far-off goals, certification,  measurement, and the like.Very justifiably, parents are concerned about their children’s futures. They may be feeling like they are fail ...
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Gaming and Self-Directed Learning

Gaming and Self-Directed Learning

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Student teacher intern David Lacalamita reflects on his five weeks spent at Compass by exploring his own relationship with gaming and questions both the impact of too much adult control over youth and what skills are most important to foster in a changing technological landscape.I don’t know what ...
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Collaborate

Collaborate

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A few teens and I met last week to prepare for a talk they will give on May 8th at Hub Ottawa - a co-working community for innovators, artists, professionals, and entrepreneurs. I hope those attending are ready to be blown away.At our open houses, Compass teens have spoken individually about their e ...
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Choice + Trust + Appreciation = Youth Engagement

Choice + Trust + Appreciation = Youth Engagement

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Last week we held our teen mental health panel. It was minus 30 outside. We had more panelists than attendees. Ok, if I’m being honest, we had twice as many panelists as attendees. We did the only thing that made sense: we put our chairs in a circle and began by asking attendees what they wanted t ...
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Testing Her Wings

Testing Her Wings

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Unschooling is a relatively new movement and one that is perhaps not well understood. Often I hear people reproaching Unschooling as being as a free-for-all, where kids do whatever they want and have no guidance or support. Unschooling isn't unparenting. On the contrary, unschooling implies that fam ...
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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

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Much goes on at Compass that is not on the calendar or visible to others outside of our community. As with school, work, and family life, socializing and being with others for several hours at a stretch inevitably results in occasional misunderstanding, blunders, and wounds. The luxury of being at C ...
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An Open Letter to Parents

An Open Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents,We have just concluded our first family meetings of the year with you and your teens. It is energizing for us to meet with you to get an indication from all parties of Compass's role in the life of your family. We are left with the feeling that we are all part of a team, supporting one ...
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The Bus

The Bus

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The first three weeks are over. Most of our teens came every day in the first two weeks in order to get a sense of the classes we have on offer, and to spend time with each other and confer over who is coming on which day. The energy of the first two weeks is exciting, but I’m content when week th ...
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Thoughts from a new teacher

Thoughts from a new teacher

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Over the last couple of weeks we had a teacher candidate from Queen's University with us - Margaret was kind enough to share some thoughts with us at the end of her placement...As a Teacher Candidate I am afforded the wonderful opportunity to enter and experience a broad spectrum of educational envi ...
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Represent

Represent

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I was driving to work yesterday and caught a portion of a CBC radio program discussing the question of whether or not the shortage of male teachers is a crisis in education. What caught my attention while listening to the program was the broader exploration of the question: what makes a great teache ...
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