Throughout this module we’ve explored various types of metaphors for teaching and learning. Prior learning was baggage. Motivation was drive. Mastery and organization of knowledge are like component building blocks toward a cohesive structure. Self-direction and metacognition are like our own internal GPS signaling our own personal wayfinding.

Now it’s time to put it together considering your own teaching philosophy. What is your metaphor for teaching and learning?

Find a photo or draw a picture. Narrate why this image represents you and your approach as a teacher.

Note: No winding roads metaphors allowed! Sheryl Crow used it already!

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image credit: “classic winding road” flickr photo by Orest U shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license



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3 Responses Completed for this Activity

  • Metaphor for Teaching (Steven Secord, @stevensecord)

    Finding the right metaphor for teaching was harder than I thought. This blog post walks you through my thought process and the final metaphor I landed on for being a Teacher for Learning.

  • Standing in a different river everyday. (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    Have you hear that you can’t step in the same river twice? Well, you can’t teach the same class twice either!

  • Campfire as metaphor (Helen DeWaard, @hj_dewaard)

    My metaphor for teaching and learning frequently connects to a campfire. It’s not just the fire itself, but the people who join together at the fire to share stories and eat s’mores. It’s and event that has a beginning, middle and end. There is a unique dance between the flames, the people, the sequence and… Read more »

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