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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Using metaphors to help students think abstractly - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

  • Thinking deeper is a key phrase that has evolved from the common core.  Ben Johnson has some key ideas to share with teachers - helping students think abstractly - a key requirement for taking the SAT.  
  • The ideas in his post are developed in a book by Rick Wormeli.  Go to this link to find further information.
    In this blog post, educator Ben Johnson suggests teaching students to think abstractly through metaphors and sayings. The ability to go beyond the literal interpretation of sayings, such as "water under a bridge," is an important skill for college-bound students and requires problem-solving abilities, he writes. His students, Johnson writes, learned best when he asked them questions about the sayings to help them decipher the metaphors' true meaning. Johnson's blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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