The open classroom design format became popular in the United States in the early 1970s, when Beattie Elementary was built. The idea of the open classroom design was that students would be in a “larger” classroom with several teachers working with them. Classrooms were not separated by walls and closed off by doors. As a result, movement occurred across class areas by both students and teachers, with everyone working collaboratively.
Today, Beattie Elementary staff, parents and students have embraced the open classroom layout as something that is positive and unique to our school. Said another way, the design or layout defines our school and the type of learning that occurs here. It provides for a degree of student movement, team-teaching, and cooperative learning that is not possible in a school with a traditional classroom design. Despite being open and with few boundaries from one classroom to the next, each room has clearly defined learning areas and students are focused on what is occurring in their class. The learning environment is calm and focused, with high expectations communicated each day.