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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.

Writer: mattyflynn
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.

Writer: LucretiaGermanica
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.

Writer: ptontt
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.

Writer: LucretiaGemanica
Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Feb 8 2012 5:10 PM

Green Venn Diagram

METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.

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