I ran across a blog post by Brené Brown earlier today. In the post she relates some of the kurfluffle around her comments to Oprah Winfrey about teachers and shame (original video now hard to find its the last clip on this page). This all happened at the end of September, so Im late … Continue reading

# Tag Archives: shame

# Writing a Paper and Asking People to Read It

Last week I had a paper published in the journal Rationality and Society, Division of Labor in Child Care: A Game-Theoretic Approach . You might like the paper its pretty interesting actually. But the first thing thats interesting about this paper is that it did not occur to me to announce it here. For … Continue reading

# Anger and Shame in my Teaching, a sort of anti-liberation-math

Last week I wrote a post on another blog about being disappointed in students, which is something I struggle with and want to eradicate. Yesterday I realized that I had misnamed the problem. Its not disappointment I struggle with, its anger. Anger isnt a professional emotion as a teacher, and it makes me feel distant … Continue reading

# Shame and Mathematics Presentation at Joint Math Meetings

The Prezi below was given at the Joint Math Meetings. It reviews the concept of shame, explores how it impacts mathematics teaching and learning, and discusses what we can do about it. You can also view this prezi at prezi.com. Please get in touch if you like it, hate it, or just want to talk … Continue reading

# Adopting a Protective Identity

Some people deal with mathematical difficulty and shame by adopting an identity includes being “bad at math.” This strategy is much-reported among mathematicians and mathematics educators. Back in 1975, Mitchell Lazarus, writing in the Saturday Review, summarized the response to this from mathematicians and mathematics educators: “Even those who are otherwise proud of their education … Continue reading

# Why did the self-esteem movement fail?

Most of us have heard that the self-esteem movement is a failure, and many believe that the emphasis on self-esteem resulted in a generation or two of entitled yet under-performing students. In math, for instance, it is often quoted that American students think they are great at math, but in reality they are near the … Continue reading

# Disrupting Shame in Mathematics

Once we can see that shame is causing problems with mathematics in ourselves or in others, what can we do about it? How can teachers, parents, and those experiencing shame disrupt that shame and claim power through mathematics? Continue reading