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When crisis mode becomes the norm, you know you have a problem. When more of what you are doing is reactive instead of proactive, you know you have a problem. Architecture seems like such a frothy (think latte) thing to be concerned about, but I HAVE A PROBLEM and it has to do with the way teaching space is designed. At my school teachers are not consulted about anything with respect to classroom design. The guy who decided upon and installed the LCD projector, a wonderful guy, is a handy man who has never taught a class in his life. The guy who picked the fanatically squeaky chairs out of a catalog sits much of the day in an office in another building by himself. I teach in a private high school but I have been in some college classrooms that are designed to put all the power display (computer, dvd, vcr,) lighting (including wind blinds), and sound in the hands of the presenter in a central location. When we imagine 21st century teaching, what environmental functions will facilitate the teacher as manager. Is there a schematic that I can take to my administration before they embark on classroom renovation?