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Metaphors for Students

Posted in all posts, education, philosophy, teaching by coleman yee on May 10, 2006

I was in a training session for new teachers, and the trainees were asked to come up with metaphors for students.

The metaphors that a teacher chooses can give insight into their teaching and learning philosophy and approach, and how they deal with students.

"Students are sponges," offered one of the trainees.

"Anyone has any comments on this metaphor?" asked the facilitator.
I spoke up: "I don't like it because it implies that students are sitting there passively absorbing knowledge from the teacher."

"Who chose this metaphor?" asked the facilitator. "Do you have anything to say?"

"I chose 'sponge' because students tend to absorb everything we say or do, even the wrong things, which makes it quite scary sometimes. Also, sometimes you have to squeeze out the old stuff that's already there before you give them the new stuff."

I thought he had a point.

Anyway, someone else chose 'monkey'. 

"Why 'monkey'?" asked the facilitator.

Someone else quipped, "because they are less evolved."

The guy beside me almost spat out his coffee. 

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  1. Lam's Creation said, on May 30, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    May I counter offer … students are like eagles constrained within a chicken coop … release them … let them know their full potential … and then see them spread their wings and fly !

  2. Lam Chun See said, on July 11, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    (Some) students are like POWs. Only want to give their names and nothing else.

  3. Annemarie said, on July 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I think students are like sun, give people happiness and guide their way


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