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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blog Post 14

Special Assignment
comic cartoon of Dr. telling patient it is only a metaphor

When one uses a metaphor they are telling about something more complex by using a story or analogy that is more straightforward and easy to understand.  This is a form of communicating through storytelling.  It is not meant to confuse but to clarify.  Metaphors are used everyday in many societies.  Some examples of metaphors are listed below to clarify the definition:

"All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances."
                                                                                                                 William Shakespeare

"I have a lot on my plate right now."

"The apple does not fall far from the tree."

"At the crack of dawn."

"You are as deaf as a post."

"I have too many irons in the fire."

     These are just a few metaphors that make sound familiar. In reading Tom Johnson's Post "Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home" one will notice that  he uses a story about a librarian and himself bickering over the problems caused by students using pencils.  This story was clearly intended to illustrate the argument against technology use in the classroom and at home for student assignments.  The story addresses the looming insecurity over the use of technology in the classroom.  Who are the opponents of the use of technology?  Most likely people who don't truly understand what it is and how beneficial it is when integrated into the classroom in the proper manner.

     If any one reading this post missed the metaphor they probably focused on the discussion about test scores and overlooked the part about "pencils".  Testing and benchmarks are always on the minds of teachers. They are judged by their scores and so are the students.  This focus on testing does keep progress at the forefront of the agenda but often does so at the expense of meaningful learning.  Learning really cannot be put on a timetable.  Different people learn in different ways and different rates of speed.
      We encounter metaphors all the time.  Around here you can always hear someone say "It's hotter than the 4th of July!"  Usually anytime between April and October!  Also one you might hear around 4 in the afternoon when it is hotter than the 4th of July is "It's raining cats and dogs."  Got to love those afternoon thunderstorms on the Gulf Coast.

     Educators can help students understand and use metaphors in several ways.  Reading and discussing poetry is a great way to introduce the metaphor.  By using them to teach educators can exemplify metaphors. Also by doing writing assignments on metaphors.

     We use metaphors to communicate ideas, feelings, and concepts that might otherwise not be understood completely.
A really great website that explains metaphors is englishclub.com.  A

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