Entry from US English dictionary
1An approach to elementary education that emphasizes spacious classrooms where learning is informally structured, flexible, and individualized.
- By the early 1970s, the phrase open classrooms dominated educators' vocabularies.
- The Moral Majority attacked not only multiculturalism and new math but unstructured academic approaches such as the open classroom and creative writing.
- This fashion for corporate renewal might have the same short life that open classrooms had in the 1970s.
1.1A spacious instructional area shared by several groups of elementary students that facilitates the movement of students from one activity to another.
- Pfiffner and Barkley suggest that physically enclosed classrooms (classrooms with four walls) are more appropriate than open classrooms for children with ADHD.
- I owe that favor to the brightly colored SRA workbooks in Mr. Johnson's open classroom.
- To qualify for extra innovation points, the 500-bed complex, complete with open classrooms, technology lab, and faculty apartments, was designed to outlast its upcoming incarnation.
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Syllabification: o·pen class·room
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