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Welcome. My name is Corbett Harrison. I have been an educator since 1990, and a teacher-trainer and University adjunct professor since 1998. I specialize in teaching writing using differentiated instruction techniques. I also focus on critical thinking skills, especially during the pre-writing and revision stages of the writing process. I retired from the classroom in June of 2019, and I will continue to consult with schools, districts, and states who are more interested in developing quality writing plans, not buying from one-size-fits-all writing programs.

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I encourage metaphorical thinking from my students by hosting a "Metaphor of the Week" extra credit contest.

Each week in my class, I host a "Metaphor of the Week" contest. I am a metaphorical thinker, and I appreciate that our Common Core State Standards encourage us as teachers to push for deeper cognitive skills. To me, original metaphors provide powerful proof that a student can process an idea at a deep level of understanding. My students' original metaphors are often about life, education, and just about everything in between.

On this page, I proudly share the "model metaphors" I display in the first few weeks of school, and I feature the winning metaphors created by my students this school year. Winning metaphors are selected every Friday after school, and they are featured on the whiteboard at the front of my classroom.

Students: If you wish to submit a metaphor to be entered in this extra-credit contest, here is what you must do:

  1. Your metaphor must be original (No "Life is a box of chocolates," guys), and you must write it in your writer's notebook. You must also provide a drawing to go with your metaphor. Mr. Stick is an excellent illustration tool, if you don't consider yourself to be an artist.
  2. On Thursday or Friday, you may ask me for a Post-it to mark the page where you've recorded your metaphor. You must leave your notebook with me so that I can judge your metaphor against the others that are submitted. There will be a pile of notebooks with Post-its underneath my Promethean board up at the front of the classroom.
  3. I receive a lot of metaphors every week. If you submit a metaphor that does not win, you may resubmit it if you honestly think it deserves a second chance. Please don't resubmit it more than three times; instead, develop a new metaphor.
  4. Winners receive the following: five extra credit points that will be applied to their next writer's notebook participation grade, a special Edmodo badge, and a chance to win my "Metaphor of the Semester" contest. Teachers and their students from around the country will vote on their favorite metaphor from my students, and the metaphor with the most votes will receive an additional 25 points of extra credit, just in time for report card grades.
  5. If you want a few tips on how to create an outstanding metaphor, please click here, where I have four tips based on past winners!
Metaphors of the Week: 2012-2103 School Year
A Mr. Harrison Model Metaphor:

Here is the first metaphor of the week I featured on my designated "Metaphor of the Week" whiteboard in the front of my classroom. I always create the first few metaphors for the year before turning the responsibility over to my students.

This particular metaphor (completely inspired by David Guetta's song--Titanium) was featured for two weeks because I used it as part of my new narrative story-boarding lesson, which I created to teach the basic steps of the writing process.

A Mr. Harrison Model Metaphor:

During week #3 of school, I changed our "Metaphor of the Week" to this one, which became an important visual for the students to discuss and react to based on my brand new "Classroom of Logophiles" lesson. My great student aide--Andrea--provided the illustration for this one. Her notebook features great Mr. Stick drawings, like this one, which won my "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award during the first week of school.

Our First "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, September 2012:
8th Grader Adrienne S.

Click on the image to see it in larger form!
Our Second "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, September 2012:
8th Grader Omar A.

A nice metaphor to encourage personal uniqueness.
Our Third "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, September 2012:
7th Grader Nate M.

I love the idea that falling flat on your face is still moving you forward!
Our Fourth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, October 2012:
6th Grader Natalie K.

What an absolutely sweet metaphor from one of my new sixth graders!
Our Fifth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, October 2012:
6th Grader Carlos A.

Carlos cracked me up with his "people pushing your buttons" reference. The two rats are in honor of the fact that we read "Three Skeleton Key" last week.
Our Sixth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, October 2012:
7th Grader Taylor D.

Taylor did a great job of linking this metaphor back to one of my favorite expressions about education: it's about igniting the fire not filling the pail.
Our Seventh "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, October 2012:
7th Grader Tayler G.

Tayler tried really hard to illustrate his metaphor himself on my whiteboard, but he ultimately turned the responsibility over to my student aide, Andrea.
Our Eighth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, November 2012:
7th Grader Mark M.

Mark M. submitted this thoughtful way of thinking about the concept of yesterday, and then my student aide, Andrea, made kind of a weird, wild picture to accompany it.
Our Ninth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, November 2012:
6th Grader Autumn

Autumn revised a simile she'd heard into this metaphor, which I found funny enough to feature as this week's winning metaphor.
Our Tenth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, November 2012:
7th Grader Alex G.

Alex wrote a metaphor about masks , which went so nicely with my 8th graders' latest reading projects. That's an actual mask "Mr. Stick" is wearing, designed by Andrea, my student aide.
Our Eleventh "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, December 2012:
8th Grader Sierra

8th grader Sierra's metaphor that linked love with learning to play music was both thoughtful and inspiring. Thanks, Sierra.
Our Twelfth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, December 2012:
7th Grader Ryan

7th grader Ryan's metaphor made me wish I was in Hawaii for Christmas, enjoying some warmth and tropical decorations.
Our Thirteenth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, December 2012:
7th Grader Jaysen

7th grader Jaysen's metaphor is in honor of the debate project we are rolling out this week. Our first debate: What is more important? Intelligence or wisdom?
Our Fourteenth "Metaphor of the Week" Contest Winner, January 2013:





Who will be our first 2013 winner?
Submit your metaphors this Friday for a chance at
5 points of extra credit!


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