ERIC Number: ED124545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
How to Survive in the Open-Space School. Ocassional Paper No. 10.
Roper, Susan Stavert; Nolan, Robert R.
Open space schools will lead to coordination by teachers in more exciting ventures in education, such as joint teaching, individualized instruction, and crossgrouping of students. "Open space schools," denotes a type or architectural design and not an instructional program. Many teachers, though, are frustrated by open space and are inadequately prepared to function in the new architectural environment. Teachers successful in open space schools have stressed that their key strategy is coordination. Their suggestions have been organized into five basic categories to help teachers survive in an open space atmosphere. First, it is easier to enforce a few basic rules rather than numerous detailed ones. Rules and standards are most effective when they are organized into school-wide and individual pod rules. Secondly, careful consideration must be given to the patterns of student movement in the open space school. Again, agreeing on student movement patterns must be done both on a school-wide basis and within each pod. Thirdly, it is essential that teachers working within the same pod take every precaution to minimize distracting noise. Fourthly, teachers in a pod must jointly plan where to locate furniture, equipment and supplies, and should agree on decorations for their open areas. Lastly, it is essential to inform parents about open space as early and thoroughly as possible. Successful coordination in these areas will not only allow teachers to survive in open spaces but will lead to more coordination in implementing new programs. (SK)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Teacher Corps.; National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Jose)