Share Your Classroom Metaphors with Rick Wormeli

January 8th, 2010

In his new book, Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject, Rick Wormeli demonstrates a wide range of classroom uses and benefits for a well-constructed metaphor. A good metaphor can help students make sense of abstract concepts, connect new ideas to background knowledge, and explore relationships between language and image.

Rick provides a wealth of examples of these kinds of metaphors and analogies in his book. Now, he wants to hear from you. How do you use metaphors to teach difficult concepts or reach students who are struggling with a new idea? Send us your favorite classroom metaphors and your thinking about the metaphor. (See the instructions below for joining our Metaphors & Analogies Group on Ning and entering the contest). Rick will comment on several of the submissions and he will also select the 10 most interesting ones for special recognition: the teachers who submit the most interesting metaphors and explanation will receive a free copy of Metaphors & Analogies.

So sharpen up those metaphors and join the conversation.

Watch Rick’s video welcome to the Metaphors & Analogies website and contest

Browse the book Metaphors & Analogies online

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How to Submit

1) Go to the Stenhouse Publishers network on Ning

2) Click Sign Up at the top of the page (or Sign In if you have already joined one of our Ning groups in the past)

3) Once you’ve signed up, click the Metaphors & Analogies Group and then click to Join the Group in the top right corner

4) Click on “add a comment” to submit your classroom metaphor and explanation by January 29, 2010 (limit of three submissions per teacher). In your submission:

a) Describe a metaphor or analogy that you’ve used or plan to use during this school year.  Explain your choice. The transparency of your thinking is what we’re after because your insights will stimulate our own.

b) Share at least one limitation of the metaphor you chose.  A limitation is anything that could result in a misunderstanding if accepted without full analysis.  For example, is cutting up a pizza the best metaphor to use when teaching fractions?  What potential misapplication or misunderstanding could occur when using this comparison?

c) Tell us how you might improve your chosen metaphor to make it more appropriate for the students you serve or to prevent misunderstanding or misapplications from occurring.  For some ideas about improving a metaphor, refer to the Metaphor Quality Scale.

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  • 1. Rick Wormeli joins metaph&hellip  |  March 22nd, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    […] you want to submit a metaphor for the contest, add a comment to the Comment Wall by January 29th. Or, just check out the topics in the Discussion […]

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