Throughout the Teacher for Learning 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 that can represent your own metaphor. Narrate why this image represents you and your approach as a teacher.


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

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  • I’m a Messy Gardener
    by Stephanie Park (@stpark)

    My teaching philosophy could be likened to that of a messy gardener.  My goal is to cultivate as much growth as possible by doing whatever I can to support and encourage learning! I take great care in creating a welcoming environment where people feel comfortable asking questions, trying new things, and making mistakes.  I have more… »

  • Teaching & Learning is a Mixtape
    by Terry Greene (@terrygreene)

    As an open education enthusiast, I always like the idea of looking for things that already exist to remix for my new purposes, rather than to always start from scratch. Remixing also speaks to my heart which loves hip hop. Just listen here to hear the awesome stuff that remixing can give us!  So my more… »

  • Teaching and Learning as an Orchestra
    by KristineW (@KristineW)

    For my work in teaching, I see the process of teaching and learning as akin to an orchestra: https://pixabay.com/photos/classical-music-concert-macro-music-1838390/   While the conductor might serve an important function, the students, or musicians are the ones who need to work together, in groups as well as their own individual efforts, to produce music. It stresses the more… »

  • My Metaphor – Travel Guide
    by Neil McCuaig (@n.mccuaig)

    My metaphor is to be the Travel Guide on our students journey to a career as a power engineer.

  • My Teaching Metaphor- as a Coach
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    A coach plans, schedules, motivates, guides and controls the individual or a team. He often set the expectations for the team. He uses his experience to improve the level of the team and all the individual players that comprises the team. The same way in my class I always motivate them. When we discuss a more… »

  • My Teaching Metaphor- as a Coach
    by Sheeba (@svilakkathusaidu)

    A coach plans, schedules, motivates, guides and controls the individual or a team. He often set the expectations for the team. He uses his experience to improve the level of the team and all the individual players that comprises the team. In my class, I always motivate them. When we discuss a case study in more… »

  • My Teaching Metaphor — Travel Guide
    by Mona Brennan-Coles (@MonaBC)

    I see myself as a Travel Guide assisting people along the path of learning by taking them places (course content) and making it personal through story telling (relating my experiences as well as experiences of others) and inviting students to tell their stories. As I was completing this activity, I was taken back to my more… »

  • My Metaphor-Hiking Guide
    by Anahita Khazaei (@Ana)

    I see myself as a hiking guide. I have been down this path before; I plan and prepare as well as I can; I have experience with some of the issues we may face but there are always unpredictable situations; so I should be comfortable to make decisions, adjust the plan and solve problems on more… »

  • Metaphor – Driving Instructor
    by Anne Pearson (@agpearson)

    I was inspired by the Like Driving a Car exercise to think of my role as a driving instructor to guide students successfully through my courses to become “licensed” at the end of the course.

  • A Tour Guide
    by Bruce Stead (@B Stead)

    The metaphor the best fits my role as teacher is “tour guide”. I use my experience to “show the way” for others. On my teaching profile I also post that my role is to “pay it forward”. I think back to the teachers that taught me, the effort they put into teaching me, and the more… »

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