Reply To: Feedback Protocols

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A. A. Rubin
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Another protocol that I’ve found very successful when I give feedback to my students is to begin my critique statements with the phrase “I wonder what would happen if…”

This strategy allows the recipient of the critique to consider the criticism without feeling attacked. It eliminates the negative connotation of most critical phrases. It also shows that the creator of the work still has ownership over the piece, and empowers them to be the one to consider, and ultimately decide whether or not they want to implement the suggestion.

I really like the “I wonder protocol” because rather than talking at a person, it opens a conversation, and leads to a thought process by which the work can be improved collaboratively within a supportive community.

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