ERIC Number: ED027722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Reference Count: N/A
The Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School. An Experimental Approach to Individualizing Instruction.
Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.
The Ruby S. Thomas School boldly rejects the self-contained classroom tradition in favor of the newly developing "big-room" concept. All of the pupils in each of the six elementary grade groups are instructed in one of six large, carpeted rooms or "pods". Each pod encloses a completely column-free area of approximately 4,000 square feet. These, along with the resource center and kindergarten building, are the functional body of this school's facilities plan. The administrative offices, large multi-purpose room, and several spaces set aside for special education are the auxiliary parts. Ruby S. Thomas is a school without walls in a much more meaningful sense than is implied by its open-space plan, however, the teaching program it contains is aimed at breaking down the mental and emotional barriers cast up by past attempts to achieve more effective instruction by arbitrarily grouping pupils in spaces that imprison much of the creative potential of both pupil and teacher. Included are discussions on--(1) the reasoning for going without walls, (2) how the school functions, (3) programming for pupil potential, and (4) the preplanning undertaken. (RK)
Descriptors: Building Innovation, Carpeting, Classroom Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Schools, Facility Case Studies, Flexible Facilities, Individualized Instruction, Interior Space, Space Utilization
School Planning Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, California (Western Regional Center for Educational Facilities Laboratories)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Stanford Univ., CA. School Planning Lab.
Authoring Institution: Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.