Literacy: The Most Important Metaphor

John Mason
History Teacher
Northfield, NJ

Twitter @jhnmason

People understand and think about the world through metaphors: Time is money. You’re living on borrowed time. You need to budget your time more effectively. The metaphors that we use to understand, think, and teach literacy are not only worthy of consideration but critical to every aspect of our classrooms. Taking time to recognize and reflect upon this phenomenon gets not only gets to the foundation of pedagogy but can transform everything in the classroom.

John Mason has had the privilege to teach at the middle and high school level in Southern New Jersey over the last ten years. With a focus on assessment, technology integration, and literacy he seeks to bring authentic history education to all of his students and to do his part by bringing best practices in history education to the forefront.

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