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Old 07-02-2006, 07:34 PM
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"Open Classroom" Teaching?

When my son starts 3rd grade this coming year, his new school uses an "open classroom" forum. I have been told there are no walls to seperate the rooms, plus other comments like "if you've never experienced it, you will be in for a shock".

The school is rated as a school of excellence in NC. I just have no idea what to expect when we take him there next week to register him.

Is anyone experiencing this in their child's school? What are the pros and cons of it?

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Old 07-03-2006, 03:02 AM
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Tami i know this is many years ago but when I live up north I atttended a school with open classrooms I was also in grade 3 at the time. We had closed classes up to grade 3 and all were open after that. Ours was kind of neat because the library was in the centre of the floor and the classrooms were all around the outside. We were able to walk to the library for research anytime we needed it. Of course being so mnay years ago my memory may be foggy but I don't remember ever being fizzed by it . I do remember after we moved to a new province and started school I was way ahead of the curriculum. I am sure your son will adapt to this new classroom just like I di many years ago(actually way too many years ago)

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Old 07-03-2006, 06:27 AM
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Thanks Debbie!

Our maintenance guy's wife is the librarian at this school. He told me that the library is really nice--it is shaped like a pit, where the kids go down into the pit to get books and then are allowed to climb up the stadium seats to read. He said this is also great for all of the group reading that they do.

I have great confidence in my son that he will adapt to this. So far, with us moving, he hasn't finished a single grade in the same school and has done very well.
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:30 AM
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I have two experiences with open classrooms. In elementary school in the 60s we had cinderblock walls except for the one side with no wall which was open to a hallway that ran the whole U shape of the school. I liked the openness. There was still plenty of room for those who wanted more quiet to move to the window side of the room. The teachers couldn't yell at the kids or everyone else would hear it and we kids had to keep our work to a dull roar for the same reason.

In one of our middle schools they had open format. They put in folding walls. The comments I hear is that it is noisy, really noisy and that even the kids complain about it.

Maybe it is good for elem but not the higher grades?
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:51 AM
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I would only worry if your son is ADHD because it seems like a classroom with no walls would be very hard for a kid that already has problems with distractions. My son makes straight A's right now in a regular classroom but I don't think he would do well in a classroom like that.
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:44 AM
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I would only worry if your son is ADHD because it seems like a classroom with no walls would be very hard for a kid that already has problems with distractions. My son makes straight A's right now in a regular classroom but I don't think he would do well in a classroom like that.
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He is not ADHD and seems to be a lot like me where he can put up(and even like) some noise around him. BUT, if there is a lot of different activities going on around him and he is trying to concentrate on something, he gets easily distracted.

Due to my DH working OT, we haven't registered him yet --tomorrow is finally the day. I'm not going to jump the gun and make any hasty decisions on whether or not it will be good for him. Time will tell soon enough.

I will write more once I see the school tomorrow.
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Your DS will probably do fine. I would ask them how they do test and such like that. Surely they have all the rooms being quite then so everyone can concentrate. I think having such easy access to the library should be a GREAT thing. For my Matt that would be a bad thing cause he would sit there all day reading book after book and forget he was even in school. He is in high school now, will be a SR in Aug. but he still loves to read and even though he is an excellent student I have to let his teachers know every year "if your going to let him read in class when he finishes his work you have to get his attention before moving on to something else or he will never hear you" they have to walk past his desk and put their hand across the book to break his attention. Good luck in getting all the answers you need tomorrow. Also I would check to see if he doesn't like the no walls classroom if he can move back to a regular classroom.
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Hey Tami,
Tried sending you a PM but it said your box was full. Thanks for fixing my messages, everyone on the GA porch was laughing at that mile long thing. It is the first time I have ever put a saying after my name and had to try it several times before I figured out how to do it. Thanks again, glad I gave you a laugh also.
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Weren't one room schoolhouses a bit like an open classroom?
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Tami,
Many years ago when I was in Jr.High and High School we had open classrooms referred to as "Learning Centers" The spaces were big enough that you basicaly tuned the other areas out unless there was an unusual event, screaming kid or something like that.

During testing they would put dividers around your "area" I am sure once he gets over the newness of it he will be fine.

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