Beautiful and eye-catching design
Some of the tips were not as applicable to me, as I am not building a new, innovative school (though it is nice to dream!). I don't know how likely it is my principal will allow me to bring in a wrecking ball so I can have a glass ceiling (specially considering there is a class above mine). However, it doesn't mean I can't include similar elements in my class, or better yet, take my students to places like this. If anything, I appreciate how big the visions are- because it seems to me like education needs big changes. It's not just getting rid of desks, or re-decorating display boards - it's a revolution in teaching design, which will obviously look different than what we've been used to so far.
And hey, if you are designing a school, you may as well pick up this book for some inspiration- there are some pretty cool places cited that will inspire you!
Considers all elements of the classroom
Let teaching and learning shape the environment, not the other way around. That's #17 of the 79 tips listed by the authors, and it is clearly a core value of their philosophy.
This book opened my eyes to things I had never considered as part of classroom design, such as the impact of ventilation on my students' learning and health.In fact, I have never truly considered my students' health in the ways this book suggests.