Using metaphors to help students think abstractly

01/15/2012 |

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.

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