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Critical Friends Feedback
Critical Friends Feedback
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The goal is to move beyond superficial peer conferencing and commenting, to dig into feedback that helps the "author" grow and improve in whatever form they are using. Too often the feedback students provide is superficial, commenting on what they liked without explaining why, offering generic improvement ideas, or focusing on less important elements (i.e. spelling, punctuation, etc.). How do we help students provide each other meaningful, productive feedback? How do we help students internalize those conversations to become their own best critical friend?
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Determining the "authors" goal(s)
Asking clarifying and probing questions
Providing advice without sounding negative or patronizing/condescending
Knowing how to provide support while still being critical - related to trust on both sides as well (see link to Dissent & Plussing at Pixar below)
Understanding how far to "push" with different people
Knowing how much feedback/advice is enough and how much is too much
Being specific enough to be helpful - make it actionable
"Listening," trying to understand the author's stated and unstated perspective(s)
Related Pedagogical Techniques
Circle of Knowledge
What is the difference between feedback and advice?
How well can a teacher "teach" critical commenting if they are not regularly involved in giving AND receiving critical feedback from colleagues and students throughout the year?
What is the difference in the process and results when creators ask for feedback versus it being assigned? When they choose their own partner(s) versus having them assigned?
Thinking about blogs and other tools, how does this process change when the feedback is anonymous or from a person the creator doesn't know?
Creator vs. Revisor
Critique and Feedback - The Story of Austin's Butterfly - Ron Berger
Dissent & Plussing at Pixar
Designing and Refining Lessons With Colleagues: Tips for Constructive Friends
How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams
How to Criticize with Kindness
You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
Mastering Self-Assessment: Deepening Independent Learning Through the Arts
Which of the four steps do you use? Do you have others?
Mrs. Krebs' Class Comment Guidelines
Peer Critique: Creating a Culture of Revision
Quality Comments - Top 10 Tips - Activity
Seven Keys to Effective Feedback
Why This Movie Doesn't Suck: The Culture of Dissent at Pixar Animation Studios
Zen and the Art of Constructive Criticism
High Tech High
HTH Structures: Critique
Learning as Production, Critique as Assessment
Collaboration, Critique and Classroom Culture
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