Teaching with Data

Ruminating on effective ways to use data to guide instruction in the classroom and other topics.

Data Metaphors or Similes

Posted by LAUSD Secondary Literacy/ELA on July 12, 2011

Using metaphors as a teaching strategy should not be limited to those of us  in the  language arts. Creating metaphors or similes enables students to think about concepts, people, history, etc., in a variety of different ways.

I would love to read your “data metaphors.” How would you describe data metaphorically? What would you use as a comparison?

Here are a couple of my attempts:

Metaphor: Data are a cacophony of notes waiting for the composer to shape their melody.

Simile: Data are like  trails of breadcrumbs that sometimes leads us to places we are unfamiliar.

Analyzing metaphors is much easier for me than writing them. I hope you take on the challenge.



8 Responses to “Data Metaphors or Similes”

  1. Darleen said

    Data are like the Grand Canyon, it has vast high and low points with varying points of elevation in the middle.

  2. Lauren said

    Data is like a fluffy, puffy cloud each set of eyes sees something unique.


    Data are like a doctor’s diagnosis that identifies what the problem is, why it’s occurring in the patient, and help analyze the effectiveness of possible solutions.

  4. Data; the bones that give structure and strength to the soft and fleshy parts of our work.

  5. Kylowna Moton said

    Data: the stars by which we guide our ships

  6. Joseph said

    Data are like sheep. Left unattended, they will wander off and be lost. Also, the shepherd must remember that, once the sheep become mutton, they cease forever to be sheep.

  7. Ivannia said

    Data represents children like snowflake, each different and unique

  8. Lorraine said

    Data are like bricks of cement. When organized and given purpose they can build great things according to the honest engineer that assembles them. Will the structure stand the test of time and weather challenges of the environment? That is also based on the data used and the engineer’s proper mission in using the scientific method to solve real problems for society.

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