Teaching Tip: Constructive Criticism
There are times when students should be criticized for poor work or misbehavior. But your criticism should be constructive. Constructive criticism can turn a negative occurrence into a motivational tool.
Here are some suggestions for making your criticism constructive.
- Show the student how the negative occurrence could have been avoided.
- Allow the student a chance to present his or her side.
- Have the student suggest a remedy.
- Insist that the student make a commitment to change.
When criticizing the student, try to do so in private rather than in front of the entire class. Provide the criticism in a calm manner. Allow yourself to cool off first if you are angry or insulted.