At one of the schools, however, a teacher shared with me a contest she one where interior decorators from the Discovery Channel awarded her with a classroom makeover to meet her literacy needs and teaching style. The result was a refurbished room with lots of color, spaces for books and art supplies, a staged area, and Willy-Wonka like paraphernalia to capture the attention of her students.
It's great that larger organizations take interest in classrooms from time to time, but I argue every teacher deserves the ticker tape parade and red carpet treatment for establishing an environment that supports their curricular needs.
This room was awe-inspiring and wonderful to see, but I left sort of wondering why we choose such a small percentage of educators to award with such attention. Why not budget ways so that more and more schools are transformed from sterile, forgotten wastelands into spaces young people want to attend?
I know this would be expensive, but aren't investments into our school a way to secure better and better chances for our youth? You'd think so, but sadly this is a galaxy far, far, far away for a vast majority who have chosen the teaching profession.