Teaching is gardening. When I’m gardening, I’m doing all I can to help the various plants in my garden flourish. If an fern or a rose bush isn’t flourishing, I don’t blame the fern or the rose bush. There’s no point. What I do is try to determine why the plants aren’t flourishing. What is it that I can change so these plants will flourish- less sunshine, more water, etc. Not all plants like the same conditions. In order for my plants to flourish, I need to differentiate the care I give them; in order for my students to flourish, I need to differentiate the care I give them, too. Plants or students, it’s all the same to me. Blaming doesn’t help them flourish. Differentiating the care I give them does.
OK, I just had this thought. If you’re good at gardening, you have a green thumb. What do you have if you are good at teaching?
I was poking around on line, wondering what other metaphors could be used for teaching. I came across the slideshare below that gives wonderful suggestions for metaphors for teachers and teaching and illustrates them beautifully. I really enjoyed watching the slideshare. I hope you do too.