To develop insight in our identity and work as a teacher


To develop insight into our identity and work as a teacher.

Evidence and reflection

The most established metaphors to describe teachers’ work foreground the art, science and craft of teaching. Listed below are some additional metaphors that people have used to describe the work of teachers.

Choose a couple of the metaphors discussed above and explore their strengths and limitations. For example, a conductor coordinates diverse contributions to create a symphony, but follows a score. A gardener nurtures and tends, but weeds…

Look over your lists. What does it reveal about how you understand the nature of teachers’ work?


The issues raised could be discussed and analysed with colleagues. It might be helpful to try to identify aspects which are core to the role of teachers, and those which are more supplementary.