Peer Critique Rubric

  • "I like criticism. It makes you strong." LeBron James
  • "You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."John Wooden
  • "I'm not everybody's cup of tea. But sometimes criticism can be hurtful. Be respectful. I'm a good piano player, I can sing well, I write good songs. If you don't like it, fair enough. But give me a break." Elton John

Did you P.U.S.H. your peers?
  • Polite - Were you polite? / Were you too nice?
  • Unique - Did each member of the group offer something different?
  • Specific - Were you specific enough? Was it stated as a possible S.M.A.R.T. goal?
  • Helpful - Did you post your comment to their journal? They might forget your idea/question or they might not be ready to listen to it yet.

Critique Prompts


  • Curt
  • Sarcastic/Teasing
  • Overly negative, hurtful or mean
  • Patronizing/condescending
  • Polite, though superficial or fake sounding
  • Polite but critical
  • Thoughtful of intended audience
    • Understanding how far to "push" with different people
  • General praise or general critique
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  • Specific
    • Claim (could be about something in one of our rubrics: teamwork, effort)
      • In the form of a question?
    • Evidence (or statement of lack of evidence)
    • Reasoning - why should they do this? how will this improve their process or product?
  • Could be improvements (what is missing/wrong) or suggesting additions
  • Comments on trivial aspects of project (spelling, grammar, unimportant facts) or
  • Suggestions will only superficially improve project
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  • Helpful
    • Important v trivial
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Sample Critiques


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  • Your project sounds fascinating, but I can't picture it. Could you add in a photo or video? To see your robot in action would help.
  • I've noticed that you are often talking to ... On the rubric it states ... Could you ...?