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Mikaela Bugarin

Art 133
Unit paper 3
Vulnerability shows openness to potential harm to ourselves. Empathy braids were

created with pieces of muslin that were decorated with different mediums which may include

personal keepsakes which portrayed experiences of vulnerable which may include love, anxiety,

death, etc.. In these braids, we portrayed stories which are, “important cognitive events, for they

encapsulate, into one compact package, information, knowledge, contest, and emotion” (as cited

in Pink, 2006. P. 103). Stories are important because they are a way to show what vulnerability is

with stylized details where we create knowledge with a sense of emotion. A story in class we

discussed is of a professor giving back to a community. It takes power to show one’s self in a

community that is not of his own, and it also shows a sense of identity concocting the act that he

did. Vulnerability seems to be multifaceted and include concepts of both identity and power

which shows the intertwining nature of the units we are presented.
Classrooms can implement vulnerability in storytelling and even show and tell. I recall in

my experience in the 1st grade, we had to talk about something that was personal to ourselves in

front of the whole class during what we called was share day. At this age, I wasn’t comfortable

sharing something personal so I ended up looking at the class blankly as I was holding the object

that I rehearsed about. For 1st grade students, I thought about what children can do if their own

personal experiences are too vulnerable to share. Maybe, one can share about another person’s

experience of their choice like a close relative or even a close friend of the class. Not only will

this help students who have trouble showing vulnerability to their class, but it will also help the

class learn empathy. These students will be exposed to other people’s stories which is one of the

qualities of developing empathy.

Pink, D. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York, NY: The
Berkeley Group.