Definition of open classroom in US English:

open classroom


  • 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.’
    • ‘This fashion for corporate renewal might have the same short life that open classrooms had in the 1970s.’
    • ‘The Moral Majority attacked not only multiculturalism and new math but unstructured academic approaches such as the open classroom and creative writing.’
    • ‘The existing school had been designed to facilitate the outmoded 1970s concept of the open classroom.’
    1. 1.1 A 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.’
      • ‘In schools teachers threw out timetables and introduced open classrooms in which, it was suggested, children might learn in their own time.’
      • ‘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.’