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Satirical “Back to School” Guide

Satirical “Back to School” Guide

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A note to those who may take offence and feel that we are being overly cheeky with our satirical guide "Back to School" guide: A reminder that while school may have worked out okay for you (even though you would have still been cheering on a snow day), too many young people end up feeling dulled, d ...
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Because society says so.

Because society says so.

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The last 48 hours of my life have been a full-on Elon Musk-fest. I was already interested in Musk because I have read a little about the school he started for his children  so I was primed to be interested. A friend sent me this article, about all of the exciting, extremely innovative things Elon ...
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Why should you support Compass?

Why should you support Compass?

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We have not been proactive in asking for donations in the three years since we opened our doors. Co-founder and Co-director André Morson and I are educators first. The multiple hats we now wear: fundraiser, grant-writer, networker, mentor, graphic designer, writer, teacher have forced us on a steep ...
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Liberated Learners: Growth of a Movement

Liberated Learners: Growth of a Movement

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In each edition of our newsletter, we like to feature someone who is working to further self-directed learning in some aspect. Ken Danford, North Star’s co-founder, writes about how centres like Compass arepart of larger movement in North America that is growing fast.As I shook the hand of ...
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Rule #2: We Don’t Use Erasers

Rule #2: We Don’t Use Erasers

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Written by Compass Volunteer, Sean Hyatt. Sean presides over one of Compass’ most well-attended and well-liked classes. Art class drives our Mondays and gets our week started off on a truly groovy note. Thank you Sean for sharing your love of your craft with our teens. When I think back on my sch ...
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Reluctantly Enthusiastic

Reluctantly Enthusiastic

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Written by Brenda Vellino, Compass parent.Our family found Compass out of necessity. For all the years (JK – Gr 6) that our daughter Sarah had beenin the public school system, she struggled with feel- ing anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Getting evening homework done was often a painful exerc ...
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Compass: The Perfect Fit for Me

Compass: The Perfect Fit for Me

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Written by Compass member, Sarah Vellino:Before Compass I had only ever been in regular school. It was all I ever knew, but it was never quite the right fit for me. For some people stress can be a motivator. It can help them come up with ideas and finish assignments quickly. For me, it is the exact ...
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What Draws Teens to Compass?

What Draws Teens to Compass?

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What draws teens to Compass? Sarah Vellino’s essay explores this in part and a reader might wonder how and why the environment at Compass is so non-judgemental and free from the bullying that occurs in many school environments. Two clues to answer this query can be found in both Sarah’s piece a ...
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Unconventional Music

Unconventional Music

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Written by Manon van Mil, Compass volunteer since January 2014I started teaching Cognitive Science at Compass in January 2014 and now teach three classes and facilitate a Roots & Shoots project. I discovered this opportunity via co-founder and co-director André Morson, who I met on our ...
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My son Ash is my hero

My son Ash is my hero

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Written by Shannon Bradbury, Compass parentMy ex-husband and I had originally planned on homeschooling our older child, Ash, as he moved closer to school age, but at the last minute I chickened out, fearing that I couldn’t teach him to read. In his first experience with conventional schooling, th ...
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