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Metaphors and teaching

Metaphors and Teaching

Ron Marken, University of Saskatchewan


A definition
A Definition

METAPHOR

(from the Greek meta pherein – to carry across) "the figure of speech in which a name or descriptive term is transferred to some object different from, but analogous to, that to which it is properly applicable."

(Oxford English Dictionary)


Do you feel wiser now
Do you feel wiser now?

Probably not

“Is that going to be on the final?”

I hope not


Alternative definition with two metaphors from ground level
Alternative Definition – with two metaphors – from ground level

“From the bristly sow's ear of everyday thought and feeling, metaphor makes a silk purse of language to carry across meanings to our fellow human beings.”


Speaking of the ground
Speaking of the ground . . .

A first-year Phys. Ed. Student:

"If you think ordinary guys like me even talk about metaphor when we're not in your class, well, you're outta your tree!"


A metaphor devoutly to be wished
A metaphordevoutly to be wished . . .

O that this too

too

solid flesh

would melt,

Thaw

and resolve itself

into a dew.


Metaphors delve more deeply than the literal or merely comparitive
Metaphors delve more deeply than the literal or merely comparitive. . .

O, my Luve is LIKE a red, red rose.

  • huge red head

  • spindly, green, thorny body

  • delicate, fragile

  • fragrant

  • complex, beautiful

  • timelessly symbolic


And truer are you what you drive
. . . and truer. comparitive. . .Are you what you drive?

  • MACK

  • PROWLER

  • LAND ROVER

  • BLAZER

  • CAVALIER

  • EXPLORER

  • JAGUAR

  • PROBE

  • CIVIC


Much truer
. . . comparitive. . .much truer. . .

“She may be adopted, but Susan IS my daughter, even though she did not come from my body."


Banks awash in metaphors
Banks: Awash in metaphors! comparitive. . .

  • Solvent

  • Cash Flow

  • Liquid Assets

  • Frozen Assets

  • Funds Dried Up

  • Bank Draughts

  • Reservoirs

  • Slush funds

  • Current Accounts

  • Floating Loans

  • Money in Circulation

  • Bank Branches


Computer metaphors apples gates windows are all over the place
Computer metaphors (Apples, Gates, Windows) are all over the place

  • Floppy

  • Menu

  • RAM

  • Mouse

  • Bit

  • Nibble

  • Clone

  • Spawn

  • Spreadsheet

  • Port

  • Boot 


We have

Teaching the placeLoads

Time-Releases

Burnout.

We “cast imaginary pearls before real swine."

Are we “highly qualified professional educationists”?

We’re nothing but . . .

Beastsof burden

Prisonersof our profession

Cultleaders

Warriorsin trenches

Prisonwardens

Seekers ofpopularity

DO YOU SEE A

THEME?

We have:


Seek something more positive
Seek something more positive the place

Meaningful metaphors make much more mileage! – even if alliteration is occasionally sickening



ARTISANS under adverse conditions:

Distillers

Carpenters

Window Washers

Kindlers

Mechanics


Psssst . . .! under adverse conditions:

Sex

Seducers


REGULATORS under adverse conditions:

Judges Mediators

Advocates

SPORTS PEOPLE

Coaches Champions

Trainers Cheerleaders

Backpackers


GARDENERS under adverse conditions:

Planters

Nurturers

Fertilizers (!)

Weeders

Hunters of truffles


PARENTS under adverse conditions:

Surrogates

Nurturers

Fosterers

REAGENTS

Catalysts


Models
MODELS under adverse conditions:

Super models?

Life models?

Working models?

Display models only?

Or are you just aminiature?


ARTISTS under adverse conditions:

Conductors Actors

Jazz Musicians Clowns

Choreographers

Sculptors

Entertainers


Teachers can promote self authorship after ignelzi 2000
Teachers Can Promote ‘Self-Authorship’ under adverse conditions:(after Ignelzi 2000)

  • Visit and value the student’s own farm

    (“build on existing knowledge”)

  • Accompany the student on trips to other farms (“incrementally-structured supervised practice”)

  • Encourage students to travel together (“reality is developmentally co-constructed”)

  • Celebrate the new farms and reminisce about leaving the old one (“build strong bridges”).


You are what you say you are
You are what you say you are. under adverse conditions:

Your metaphors make your mind and shape your thoughts.

  • Is your teaching a “load” or an “opportunity”?

  • Are you “battling in the trenches” or are you a symphony conductor?


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