Life Outside the Box Learning Institute

A quarantine pop-up online ‘school’ for all ages

“Ask a difficult question, and the marvelous answer appears”

Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Welcome to the Paper Bag Academy where learners choose the subjects they are most wanting to learn. For all ages, grades, and post-secondary years.

Why the paper bag? Though humble and, some might say, homely, the paper bag has the power to hide treasures, build anticipation, and peak our curiosity. At the Paper Bag Academy, I wondered what learning experiences we could build if we started with learners’ burning questions, applied proven evidence-based teaching methods, and offered each day’s activities — and a snack — served in a lunch-sized paper bag.

True, we are all sequestered at home during this COVID-19 pandemic and can’t go to school or University to learn. We can, however keep curious, be creative, stay fit — and have fun while we learn.

Weekeday structure and a learning routine, Aaaah! (click here)

How does paper bag learning work? (click here)

Life long learning at home. (click here)

Who are the teachers at the Paper Bag Academy? (click here)

Who are the subject matter experts? (click here)

What subjects can we learn at the Paper Bag Academy? (click here)

College level courses (non-credit) (click here)

How much do classes cost? (click here)