Throughout the Teacher for Learning module we’ve explored various types of metaphors for teaching and learning. Now it is time to put it together considering your own teaching philosophy. Reflect upon your own teaching philosophy.

What is your metaphor for
teaching and learning?


To do:

  1. Find a photo or draw a picture that can represent your own metaphor.
  2. Narrate why this image represents you and your approach as a teacher.
  3. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.

This activity is part of the Metacognition section of the Teacher for Learning Module.

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  • My Teaching Philosophy – Seeking Light Bulb Moments
    by Brian Smith (@brian.smith)

    I selected this image to reflect my teaching philosophy. Upon examining the exercises for exploring your teaching philosophy and some metaphors for teaching from the University of Waterloo. I found that I really identified with the example of a teaching ‘lamplighter’. Lamplighters attempt to illuminate the minds of their learners. This is congruent with my approach. more… »

  • “Your Metaphor” Activity ‘ Crawl before you Walk’
    by David Schenk (@dschenk)

    “Your Metaphor” Activity ‘ Crawl before you Walk’  Explain the analogy in writing and include a visual metaphorical representation of this analogy  >>Crawl before you walk and take steps (stages), then refine a final product to increase productivity. Narrate why this image represents you and your approach as a teacher.>> How to form team roles on more… »

  • Metaphor ‘learning being like building a house’
    by David Schenk (@dschenk)

    The metaphor of learning being like building a house emphasizes the importance of a strong foundation and taking things one step at a time. It also highlights that learning is a process that takes time and effort but can ultimately result in a valuable end product.  David Schenk

  • metaphor for teaching
    by Oksana Perkhach (@Oksana)

    My metaphor for teaching is a bonfire. The teacher is like this person who throws wood into the fire. Wood is like new knowledge, motivation for learning, and incentive to study for students. Bonfire is students’ success. If the teacher is a professional then he/she knows how to make a big flame of a bonfire.

  • Metaphor – Gardener
    by Jennifer Abrams (@jabrams)

    I enjoyed the gardener metaphor. Involving planting seeds and letting them grow with nurturance and support. Gardiners have a plan about what they hope to grow (I do a vegetable garden annually) and I know that what you plant can yield surprises and disappointments. You may need to make adjustments to many factors when seeds more… »

  • Teaching Metaphor
    by Lindsay Winter (@lwinter)

    A metaphor and a manifesto! Let me introduce myself, I am Lindsay Winter your CPO. As your Chief Potential Officer I aim to provide knowledge, expertise and resources to drive inquiry and spark interest. I inspire you to show up and take ownership of your learning role and your achievements. I promise to believe in more… »

  • Metaphor – Teaching and Comedy
    by Andrew Molas (@amolas)

    I think of teaching as being similar to performing stand-up comedy. Comedians and teachers are observers of the world, they interact with people on a daily basis; comedians and teachers are knowledgeable of the world around them and can make interesting links and connections where others may not see them. Comedians and teachers need to more… »

  • “My Metaphor” Activity
    by Yana Sokolova (@yana_sokolova)

    I want to use the photo of my background photo on LinkedIn. It represents my approach as a teacher comparing teachers to the light you want to reach for. This is my main goal and motivation for development, to become such a center of gravity, to transmit the light of knowledge that will help to more… »

  • Teacher as Compass
    by Miranda Mckenzie (@mx_mckenzie)

    Similar to a travel guide or coach, I see teaching and the teacher’s role as that of navigator (or as the physical tool of a compass). While we are there to point them in the right direction, learners ultimately choose their destination and we are always there to help guide them when they need it.  more… »

  • Teaching Metaphor
    by Valerie McQueen (@Vmcqueen)

    I love this image of a street sign.  It conveys a bit of the metaphor I have in my mind for teaching. I see teaching as providing a helping hand and enabling students to learn.  In the role of the enabler, it can be about helping them find direction, filter information to find what is more… »

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