In the 18th and 19th centuries, allegorical maps of love, courtship and marriage were very popular. Here’s a map of matrimony.
You’ll find some more examples here. In this reflection activity, participants create their own allegorical map of teaching.
- To encourage teachers to reflect on how they see teaching as a practice and a profession.
- An example of a historical allegorical map (they’re all in the public domain) or perhaps one that you’ve drawn.
- Show an example of an allegorical map such as the one above.
- Ask participants to draw and label their own allegorical maps of teaching.
- Encourage participants to share their maps with each other and compare similarities and difference.
- Get them to reflect on why their maps look the way they do and if they would want their maps to look different.
- Ask participants to take pictures of their maps and revisit them after 3 months or 6 months. Are there any new islands or terrain they’d like to add to their maps? What do these represent? How did these changes come about?
NB: This activity hasn’t been road tested yet. I did create my own allegorical map – I’m not sure I’m ready to share it yet. It’s turned out a bit dark – something for me to reflect on?!