In yesterday's post, I gave some examples of various metaphorical structures for thinking about learning. At the end, I asked if other people found metaphors useful for thinking through concepts. In comments on that post, Kate Foy mentioned that she frequently uses metaphors and analogies to teach, while Ken Allen warned against getting too carried away with using metaphors as they can obscure, rather than enhance learning. In a wonderful post responding to mine, Britt Watwood talks about how he and his team have been using metaphors in their workshops on social media and teaching, elaborating on how they've been using some of the strategies I mentioned yesterday.
This seems like some really juicy ground for discussions, so here are some questions for the day:
How Do You use Metaphors for Learning and Teaching?
What are their benefits?
What drawbacks do you see?
Let's have an open thread on this and see what we can learn.