An open classroom is an innovative workspace in one high school classroom, as an energetic teacher moves among students who work on individual assignments in a comfortable working environment that feels more like a tech start-up workspace.
In other classrooms, there might be rows of desks, a chalkboard, and the usual students, laptops, and books. But in room 209 at Pascack Valley High School, teacher Matthew Morone has set up couches, ottomans with dry erase surfaces, long tables, and bookshelves full of novels. Tucked in the corner of the room is a diner booth.
Morone’s sophomore honors English students enjoy an open classroom curriculum, where they have independence to demonstrate they have master school standards.
“We are using the same core texts, the same curriculum designed by the school and approved by the board of education – but the way we are approaching the curriculum is very different,” Morone said. “The first word that has to be put out there about it is that it is non-linear.”