Using metaphors to help students think abstractly

01/15/2012 | Edutopia.org

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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