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What's Your Metaphor? Survey

  Before completing the survey, read through and think about the following statements:
  • As a teacher, I'm like a ______________.
  • Sometimes when I teach, I feel like a _______________.
  • A teacher's role is to _________________.

In thinking about these statements, you probably realize that there are different metaphors for the different contexts of teaching and for the different roles a teacher takes on. Choose one metaphor that describes the most holistic aspect of your teaching, and then complete the survey questions below. All responses will remain anonymous and may be used in research for publications.

Tell Us About Your Metaphor

1. What metaphor describes you as a teacher?
(Please use one word or short phrase here):

2. Explain how this metaphor characterizes you as a teacher.

3. Provide an example from your teaching experience that illustrates your metaphor.

4. Do you think this metaphor influences or guides your teaching? If so, how?

Tell Us About Yourself

What grade(s) do you teach?

What subject(s) do you teach?

How many years have you been teaching?

Once you explore metaphors in your own teaching, you are likely to see metaphors everywhere in your world!


Enter a Metaphor
Share your metaphor with teachers from across the country.

View Metaphors
Explore metaphors that others have shared.

Discuss Metaphors
Exchange ideas about metaphors for teaching.

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