A Pedagogical Analogy
a: An analogy ~
b: the scaffolding on a building
What: An analogy, in a learning context, is like the scaffolding on a new building. The scaffolding helps construct the building the way an analogy helps build understanding of a concept. The analogy is not the concept and scaffolding is not the building. The analogy is a means to an end.
Date: Oct 1 2010 12:44 AM
Teaching With A Metaphor
a: Teaching with a metaphor ~
b: eating a fudgy oatmeal cookie
What: Teaching with a metaphor is like a fudgy oatmeal cookie. The cookie itself should be enough and enjoyable on its own. The chocolate allows the student to hold it in their mouth and chew on it a bit longer.
Date: Dec 19 2010 3:08 AM
A Decent Mind Working In Academia
a: A decent mind working in academia ~
b: a musician laboring as a bordello pianist
What: (A non-summary of why I don't become a professor: "A decent mind working in academia is like a musician laboring as a bordello pianist."--Scott Atran). The link is a discussion of ,what else, academia...
Writer: Scott Atran
Date: Dec 31 2010 6:34 AM
Grading Student Papers.....
a: Grading student papers ~
b: plucking my toenails out with tweezers
What: "Yes, it is that bad. How did you get through undergrad with these writing skills. By the way, consice does not mean so short that I have to guess at your meaning." This link is from a teachers graduate program ranting about the poor quality of their student's papers. Question is: How much of this student writing is truly that bad? Is it, some, half or close to all of the writing.
Date: Jul 31 2011 11:39 AM
Motor Oil For Learning
a: An analogy ~
b: a lubricant for your concepts
What: There is much written about how analogy is an
essential part of how humans learn and think. In a teaching context, analogies help to extend a students current concepts. In some ways, they help a concept slide into another space, helping a student to process and assimilate new information.
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 8 2012 5:10 PM