Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup
Follow The Annenberg Learner on LinkedIn Follow The Annenberg Learner on Facebook Follow Annenberg Learner on Twitter


Teacher as Sailor


Irene Choi,

Community Boating, Inc.
Boston, MA

"Sometimes when we go out sailing, you think you're going to reach a certain island. You prepare to go out … and you find they don't have a dock. The dock is not there. So what's the next plan? … You have to have an alternative plan. So the next plan is to pull up the anchor. Then all of sudden there's an undercurrent."

"I know last year we went out and we had anchored, the boat kept spinning and spinning. We just couldn't understand what was going on. We couldn't go to shore because the boat kept spinning. We had to ditch that plan. Then we thought we'd tie to another boat that was anchored there. But then the park ranger said, 'No, you can't do that.' … Well, I guess we'll go to another island!"

Listen to an audio clip.

Sailor Quicktime (.mov) audio (504K) or
Sailor Real Audio (.ram)

Need help?


"The teacher is like a sailor. … I'm a small boat sailor myself … and I really think small boats are … exciting because you can get wet. You might tip over. And I think teachers are very much like sailors in small boats because sailors need to be responsive. And I think that's what a good sailor and a good teacher need to do."

Teacher on the Street


Have you ever felt like a sailor in your classroom?

Join in the conversation, and let us know!


Enter a Metaphor
Share your metaphor with teachers from across the country.

View Metaphors
Explore metaphors that others have shared.

Metaphor Conversation
Discuss ideas about metaphors for teaching.

Metaphor Home

Teaching Metaphors from Broadcasts

Next Move Home


Back to Next Move Home

© Annenberg Foundation 2015. All rights reserved. Legal Policy