March 19, 2016

Rabbi 101


March 19, 2016

 

Tips for Top-Notch Teaching Metaphors

 
If I were to say, “Be careful about working with Bob! He is a snake,” what images of Bob would you see? What qualities of a snake immediately come to mind? Sneaky. Subtle. Dangerous. Deceptive. Some might say “slimy,” but snakes are actually dry and scaly.
 
Nevertheless, how powerful are metaphors to capture an idea?
 
A metaphor is the use of a word or phrase to describe somebody or something that is not meant literally, but makes a vivid, pictorial, or experiential comparison. Try it with this week’s lesson:
 
“If you had to describe Elijah’s experience with a type of weather, a car, or plant/tree of any sort, which would capture Elijah’s story? Why?”