"Journal of Professional Capital and Community"
"Metaphors help us make sense of the world. They take abstract ideas and turn them into something concrete. They build a bridge between new information and something with which we are familiar.
Try this creative way to find out what your students, administrators, and teachers believe about your school.
From the list below, have students (or staff) to underline the metaphor that best describes the school. Then have them to circle the word that describes what they want it to be.
Museum Summer Camp
Launching Pad Art studio
Are there metaphors that you would like to include that are not on the list?
Ask your students or staff to fill in the blank:
I want our school to be a _________________________ because _________
Discuss the following with your students and/or staff. (Each person should answer and discuss.)
What role do I have in moving the school towards my desired metaphor?
What will I need to start doing in order to help move the school towards my desired metaphor?
What will I need to stop doing in order to help move the school towards my desired metaphor?
What questions would you add to the list?"