Weaving Skill Ropes: Using Metaphor to Enhance Understanding of Skills and Learning

Michael Erard

This report from the FrameWorks Institute's Core Story of Education project presents "Weaving Skill Ropes" as an explanatory metaphor to help explain the concepts of skills and learning–specifically, what skills students need to succeed in a 21st century economy, how these skills are learned, and how cognitive and emotional learning skills are related.

Learning is the brain weaving skills into ropes. Learners need chances to develop all the strands, to learn how to weave and reweave them together, and to use the resulting ropes.