Metaphors in the Classroom?

Using metaphors in the classroom is something that happens weather we realize it or not. This became very clear to me in the articles assigned to us for this module. Ultimately we use them to help us teach and it really will make our jobs easier in the classroom.

In the You Tube video posted below We have the ideology of what a metaphor is to understand even what I am typing is a form of a metaphor. The beginning and thin layers of what a metaphor is helps us understand that we use these things to describe something to give it a place and time to help us understand what it means.

We will use techniques like this all the time in the classroom. When the children are young we can use them to help learn how to do math and science. We can can teach with them when history when working on a long timeline to connect wars and public events thousands of years apart.

Of course this is how we teach students new languages as well. When teaching Spanish hello would be a metaphor for the word hola, and Devil would be a metaphor for the word Diablo. We can use metaphors to understand differences as well when teaching in the classroom. Explaining how the Ford industry and the Chevy industry do the same things but are owned by different companies would be a metaphor for monopolization being illegal.

Overall using metaphors in the classroom will happen whether we know they are or not. Its our job as teachers to find and use the best possible metaphors to help our students get the best example as possible while learning. In the article “Back to School Prep Guide: 8 Metaphors for a teacher” we see many metaphors of how teaching is similar to many other jobs and what they do. We can not only read these and see how to be better teachers but we can also make examples out of these to help our students under stand subjects more clearly.

Metaphors are a very important part to teaching we need to understand how to effectively use them in our classrooms to better help our students understand what we are teaching them. Not every thing requires a metaphor as well if we use this as a teaching method for everything we teach our students will be able to connect them but not be able to think of them on their own and develop there own ability to create metaphors.

Author: blaineslitdigclass

Hi everyone! My name is Blaine McMahon and welcome to my Literacy in the Digital Age  blog page! I am currently a student at Chadron State College working on my major to become a history teacher. I am also working on getting a coaching endorsement to hopefully one day become a high school football coach as well. On that note I am a crazy football fan (Green Bay Packers, and Nebraska Corn Huskers), and I spend most of my Sundays and Saturdays in the fall watching and learning the sport to the best of my abilities. I'm also a frequent PC gamer and love the world of the internet. I hope to perform well in this class and hope the same for all of my peers. This years going to be lit!

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