Saturday, April 01, 2006

An Open Concept School??

When I found out my last placement was in an open concept school, I was kinda disappointed, and even more confused. These types of schools were popular in the 70s apparently - when teachers would rotate through classrooms to teach various lessons.
Jeremy thinks it looks like a warehouse.
I have to agree with him on this one.

A classroom without walls... it's very interesting. This is the view from the "back" of my "classroom", looking down the "hallway". To the right, is the school library, and to the left, the computer lab.
Should be an interesting 3 weeks...


  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger ledawit said…

    that does look really wierd mel. so is there multiple lessons going on at the same time? i have to agree on the warehouse look too.

  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger Melinda said…

    yep - multiple lessons - it's literally like a school without walls - teachers act like they're in normal classrooms. quite the experience!

  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger ledawit said…

    how do the poor kids concentrate if they here other voices? i really dont understand this at all but whatever. how many of these schools are there anyways?? hopefully not too many for your sake...

  • At 12:45 PM, Blogger Laura Coubrough said…

    I think it's great!!
    The best part about it is that the kids would have to learn to concentrate despite the constant distractions. When they're adults they'll more than likely have to do it. It's like greyhounds. From birth they take them out to the busiest places and teach them not to be distracted so that when they're at the track they don't loose focus.

  • At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am the product of an open-concept elementary school. I'm in my first year of college now, and I still look back fondly on those days. The openness actually made you hone in and focus on what you were doing, years after you could still tell the students that had come from that elementary school. The open environment made for some phenomenal school spirit too, collaboration between classes, and even occasionally grades was a blast!

    As far as being like a warehouse, not really, the huge amount of overhead light is good, and our school had intermittent windows along the outside walls, lots of natural light.

    Andy Butch
    Jacob Shapiro Elementary Class of '00
    Oshkosh, WI


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