ModeratorApril 10, 2020 at 8:41 am
One strategy that I often suggest to my high schools students is the critique burger. When making a critique burger, you sandwich the criticism between praise. You offer three pieces of feedback:
- Something praising the piece or an aspect of the piece (I really like how you…)
- A piece of constructive criticism (You might want to think about changing X; working on X, etc)
- Something else praising the piece or an aspect of the piece.
This protocol makes it more likely that the criticism will be taken seriously, as you are offering a balance of praise and criticism. It also mitigates against many people’s natural tendencies to critique the negative without praising the positive. A good critique should address both the string and weak aspects of a piece. Studies show that this type of balanced critique is make it more likely that a critique will be listened to and also keeps up people’s moral within the community.