For those of us who love to see spaces transformed, this series of videos and articles called Remake Your Classroom hits the spot.
The crew at Edutopia teamed up with Third Teacher + to re-imagine a middle-school classroom with 36 kids. They set aside $1,000 and one weekend to do the job, and with the help of the students, the community, designers, and other helpers, they aimed at matching the physical classroom environment with lofty teaching and learning goals.
The end result -- complete with surprise unveiling -- shows how imagination and design savvy can make a profound transformation in the learning lives of students and teachers.
Here's the final video, but be sure to watch the first and second part in the series too.