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what is compassionate math

Compassionate Math is the idea that learning mathematics is both an intellectual and emotional challenge – you can’t move forward intellectually if you don’t address negative emotions. And a person’s negative emotions are not due to their own personal flaws, they are due to the Cycle of Benign Neglect. Now, many students (and teachers) are math anxious, are taught that they are not “math people”, are made to feel like they don’t belong in a math classroom, or have negative feelings towards math. The Compassionate Math framework supports math teachers and learners to understand that many societal factors contribute much to how people currently feel about math and their math performance. In other words, your feelings towards math aren’t necessarily your fault. Compassionate Math offers several services to support your math learning needs to help you work through the emotional challenges and other factors to support a more positive math learning environment.

several services to support your math learning needs

Compassionate math will help you:

  • Feel more comfortable talking about mathematics.
  • Be more successful when doing math.
  • Feel less anxious about math. Or not anxious at all!
  • Support other math learners around you.
  • Overcome negative messaging you may have received in the past.
  • Feel more confident about your math skills.
  • Improve math grades.

Professional Development

I can work with your department and teachers. My workshops help teachers come to terms with their math trauma, anxieties, and struggles with content. Workshops can also be held on how to foster an inclusive and compassionate math learning community.

Working with parents

What subtle or not-so-subtle messages are you sending to your children about studying math? How can you help make the best of time at home (not just with homework). I can speak to you privately or at your PTA meeting to help provide tips for you to help your child succeed while not hating math.

One-on-one tutoring

I will meet with you one-on-one to help you overcome your challenges with learning math. Meetings can occur remotely. If you are not being reimbursed for this, my rate is offered on a sliding scale based on your income.