Example of the Foundations of Open School in Room 213

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 room 213 you will find:

  • Arts in Residence
  • UofM Neuroscience student lead lessons
  • Map Making skills/3D models
  • Science Board Game for Review-Student Lead
  • Electric Cars for 5th graders
  • Wolf Ridge Overnight- May, 8,9,10 2019

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

·      make choices 

·      be involved in decision making- Roberts Rules of Order

·      work independently 

·      and in cooperative groups

·      assess their own learning

In room 213 you will find:

  • Student created rubrics for self assessment
  • Cooperative learning groups for labs
  • Leardership opportunities through Big Buddies
  • Leadership through elected officers


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 room 213you will find:

  • Groups are designed by choice and depend on the lab

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

In room 213 you will find:

  • Classroom volunteers
  • Family Curriculum Night
  • Art in Residence bringing community into the classroom
  • UofM students delivering lessons

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

In room 213  you will find:

  • Re-testing
  • Science journals
  • Hands-on labs
  • Goal setting for each student
  • Positive mindset
  • Discussion started by student questioning

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 room 213 you will find:

  • Bully prevention
  • Peer relations
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Big Brother / Big Sister program
  • Support staff