Teaching metaphors

a swiss army knife with a brown case and each blade safely tucked in the closed positionI used a number of visual hooks today in a session…it’s actually running right now (they’re in a breakout discussion)… and I asked what this swiss army knife might represent in the context of the short course they are on. One of my amazing colleagues (Most are PhD students/ PGTAs), Elizabeth, said:

The swiss-army knife: establishing an arsenal of multiple tools for teaching and for reflection, to allow for flexibility and adaptability as an educator–in the short term (in class, adapting to students), and in the long term (throughout a course, throughout a career)

I was very impressed as it articulated an idea that was, at best, only half-formed in my own mind so I thought I’d share it here!


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