When to Write It, When to Walk Away: On the Problem of Too Much Metaphor – via Literary Hub

The conception that putting a metaphor on all things real can save any writing is false. As a writer and a teacher of creative writing, this is important advice for students- if you find yourself forcing a metaphor too much, abort that metaphorical mission. Sometimes, a simple and straightforward line is better than a forced and overwrought metaphor.

Thoughts inspired by Jessica Francis Kane’s work

I’m a writer and to the extent I understand the job, I try to work hard at it. I keep notebooks. I have several different projects going at once. I search for metaphors. But metaphors can be wild and shy—I’ve gone whole years without finding a really good one.

Read her complete article here at Literary Hub

Lessons from Many Revolutions : The Changing Landscape of Education

Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensured a good life.

― Aristotle

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It is unlikely that a teacher wouldn’t tell you a story of their own teacher who served as a role model; for choosing this line of virtuous service, for understanding the principles of this profession and for becoming a source of many experiential anecdotes. Rivaling, in numbers, the many stories of role model teachers are the stories of the desire to make a difference in the world by molding future generations.

Teaching has always been counted in the ranks of meaningful professions- no matter the changing socio-political and economic landscape. This can be attributed to the need to give back to one’s community, the need to improve the present quality of education, and the need for actively answering a call for civic engagement. Teaching professions remain relevant, also, due to the respect that society bestows upon the educating community.

Back in Those Days

Hailing from the days of school restructuring, I have experienced education going through many structural and administrative changes in my time. Science and mathematics subjects became compulsory in the 1990s and teachers were given a larger role in the administrative process. Along with the freedom to make one’s own syllabi came competency tests that measured their skill level and knowledge proficiency. These changes were met with a general positive favor. However, the standards that test teaching licensure have come under many revisions and debates since the preceding decades.

These steps ensured that an ethical lens was placed on the teaching profession. The individuals opting to teach were not automatically seen as those with virtuous disposition but as service providers. Teaching profession was undergoing a revolution.  

The EdTech Era Now

Education, in today’s classrooms, comprises of more tools than teachers’ anecdotal stories and knowledge-giving modules. Education has become a field that embraces technological advances. This is the case so much so that memes, video games, visual resources and other digital means are potent supportive infrastructure. A teacher can opt to use any or all of them. This is especially the case for teaching STEM subjects.

However, in recent decades, EdTech for teaching English is also gaining popularity. EdTech is hailed as a disruptive technology that is the present and future of classroom teaching. Age-appropriate digital sources and web-based tools are used as knowledge enhancers. One of the biggest tools for the same is digital storytelling (a mighty new companion of our teachers’ tales and anecdotes).

Teachers’ Appreciation Month

Even a short survey, as the one above, leads us through the phenomenal changes in the classroom that teachers are grappling with. EdTech, a field of processes, tools, and resources that is irreversibly changing the landscape of education, is a part of the digital revolution (that has swept away at all other aspects of our lives too). The aim of EdTech, as was with school restructuring of the 1980s and 1990s, remains to provide relevant education and increase the efficiency and performance of learning systems.

In this reality of changing educational processes and lack of fair remuneration, individuals who opt for this noble field remain steadfastly convinced of their roles as future-makers. In this month of appreciating one’s teachers, these pointers make the praise and gratitude, befalling our teachers, more deserving.