понедельник, 5 марта 2012 г.

SCHOOL 14 REMOVES BARRIERS TO LEARNING PARENTS, PUPILS AND TEACHERS PRAISE THREE-WALLED CLASSROOMS.(CAPITAL REGION)

Byline: TIM O'BRIEN Staff writer

TROY When the new School 14 opened its doors last fall, some parents wondered how its three-walled classrooms, with a shared common area at their centers, would affect their children's ability to concentrate.

To many parents, children and teachers, the loss of the fourth wall and the doors have not been an invitation to chaos. Rather, it has been an opportunity to take down the barriers that divide children and to expand their ways of learning.

In the elementary school, classrooms are grouped in clusters of four with a large open space shared among them.

``Most of our school buildings are set up and designed to produce factory workers,'' said Brenda Peters, a professor in the College of Saint Rose's teacher education department. ``Since that's kind of an outdated way of preparing students for the future, the new schools being built are more conducive to socializing. Employers are telling us people don't know how …

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