Lumps of Clay or Raw Material? Defining your Personal Philosophy

"My classroom is a zoo today!" "It's like I'm banging my head against a brick wall." "I try to weave all the concepts together." "My students are really blossoming." We speak in metaphor all the time. Research shows that everyday conversation makes use of at least four metaphors per minute. A closer look at the language we use demonstrates the power of verbal imagery infused with our values and beliefs. These underlying values and beliefs can provide insight into the goals of those who seek to reform education.

What is your philosophy of education? It pays to know your own preferred metaphors because they influence your teaching philosophy and model for education. In order to improve our schools, getting the model right is not nearly as important as getting the right model.

Created by: Cynthia

  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. Teaching involves
  2. The teacher's role in the learning process can best be described as:
  3. The curriculum's role in the learning process can best be described as:
  4. The student's role in the learning process can best be described as:
  5. Accurate assessment of the learning process includes:
  6. Expected outcome of the learning process:
  7. Accountability means success or_________:
  8. The public's expectation(s) of the learning process:
  9. Choose a metaphor to describe a failed idea or concept:
  10. Choose a phrase that describes a successful idea or concept:
  11. Match the following problem of learning with the proper education model metaphor. "We can't learn in these conditions"
  12. Match the following problem of learning with the proper education model metaphor. "It's got me beat."
  13. Match the following problem of learning with the proper education model metaphor. "It makes me want to throw up."
  14. Match the following problem of learning with the proper education model metaphor. "I can't make anything out of this."
  15. Students' success depends on hard work and perserverance. If students try hard enough, they can achieve anything.
  16. Standards are essential in assessing quality education and measuring students' progress.
  17. Choose the best metaphor to describe effort.

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Quiz topic: Lumps of Clay or Raw Material? Defining my Personal Philosophy