open classroom

open classroom

noun Education.
1.
a spacious instructional area shared by several groups or classes in elementary school, permitting more individualized, less supervised project learning and movement of pupils from one activity to another.
2.
a method or system utilizing such spacious classrooms and informal, flexible formats for learning and discussion.

Origin:
1970–75

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open classroom

school in which the teaching system is based on an environment structured to encourage the child to become actively involved in the learning process. The free school stresses individualized rather than group instruction, and children proceed from one step to another at their own rate of development. The school day is not divided into rigid timetables as in a traditional classroom. At the teacher's discretion and under his guidance, children are engaged individually or in small groups in a wide variety of activities for longer periods of time than the usual class meeting. Talking and moving about are not forbidden; in fact, physical activity and conversation are necessary to this type of learning.

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