Shame and Mathematics

Prezi of a talk I gave at Carlow University a couple of weeks ago called Shame and Mathematics. The talk addresses my theory of shame and math as well as ways that we can address mathematical shame in students. I’d love any and all comments!

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Love the prezi. It’s all about vulnerability. Do your students have the courage to be vulnerable? Better yet, does the learning environment ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR COURAGE?

Thanks for the comment! I’m not sure that we can eliminate that need for courage, because I think that if we are in real relationship with others, we’re going to get scared or feel threatened. The problem is when we can’t move through it. So I think we can focus on really safe spaces for students, but to my mind the point of the safe spaces is to have people able to take risks, able to have enough courage to push themselves…

And I’ve had some really courageous students, as well as students I haven’t connected with. I know that when I’m hiding and unavailable, the students hide too!

Thanks for the comment! I’m not sure that we can eliminate that need for courage, because I think that if we are in real relationship with others, we’re going to get scared or feel threatened. The problem is when we can’t move through it. So I think we can focus on really safe spaces for students, but to my mind the point of the safe spaces is to have people able to take risks, able to have enough courage to push themselves…

And I’ve had some really courageous students, as well as students I haven’t connected with. I know that when I’m hiding and unavailable, the students hide too!