Examples of the Foundations of Open

Marcy Open is committed to Open Education.  To see how the Foundations of Open are used in all-school activities, please click here.  Please note that in listing the examples below, we don't mean they are the only way the Foundaitons are present.  The examples are only here to help you understand the Foundation principles better.


1. Interdisciplinary Learning is used to encourage student engagement and complex thinking.

·      This is when a single subject is used to practice skills from more than one academic subject.

In English Language Arts  you will find:

  • Readers' and Writers' Workshop
  • Book Clubs
  • Cooperative Learning Groups

2.  Student-Centered Classrooms include opportunities for students to:

·      make choices 

·      be involved in decision making

·      work independently 

·      and in cooperative groups

·      assess their own learning

In English Language Arts you will find:

  • Self Assessment
  • Leadership opportunities through Big Buddies
  • Independent choice for reading and writing

3.  Grouping of students may change based on the subject, the skill that is being practiced or the activity.  Flexible groups can increase student challenge and allow students the chance to learn from each other.

In  English Language Arts you will find:

  • Flexible Reading Groups


4. Families and the Community are valued resources for enriching and expanding student learning.

In English Language Arts you will find:

  • Artist residencies that brings the community into the classroom.
  • Art Adventures, bringing community volunteers into the classroom.
  • Classroom volunteers
  • Families invitied for curriculum night

5.  Learning is a process, something that each student does.  Teachers are guides, helpers and instructors.

In English Language Arts you will find:

  • Goal Setting for students
  • Focus on Growth Mindset
  • Peer Work

6.  We strive for a school culture that recognizes the Whole Child.  We recognize that students must feel safe, welcomed and a part of the community before learning can really take place.

In English Language Arts you will find:

  • Responsive Classroom
  • Big Brother - Big Sister