“The essence of metaphor is understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another.”
-George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, Metaphors We Live By

The classroom is an epistemology lab.

​The classroom is an epistemology lab.

​​​As I explained on the Home page, I constructed metaphors to help me implement authentic mathematical practices. I wanted to see students engaging in genuine mathematical inquiry, for them to see the activity of problem solving as a creative process, and most importantly, for them to see themselves as mathematical thinkers.

As a teacher, I am constantly tinkering with the teaching and learning—trying different activities and asking for feedback on those activities. I am asking students to write about their understanding and make comparisons about the learning in other classes to this one. I am analyzing their solutions and their conversations in relation to the activity that they are working within. The activities that I do as a teacher, and the effort I put into making the teaching and learning better in my classroom has led me to create the metaphor "My classroom is an epistemology lab."

Unpack: Epistemology

Unpack: Lab

Apply: Implied Activities/Meanings