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Re: Critiques

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Jerry Deasy (jdeasy)
Sun, 22 Sep 1996 11:42:17 -0500 (CDT)

When I was in college, the University of Illinois, critiques
were held by the professors without the students. I once got
a very low grade on a painting that I really liked. I tried to ask
the instructor afterwards about my grade and his response
was so unintelligent that I wish I had not asked. These people
were so stuck on themselves that I resolved never to be like
that when I started teaching.
I had out sheets to students telling what a critique is, what value
it has and what it is not. I ask students very specific questions
about the projects and remind them constantly that there are
no right or wrong answers and I do not have preconceived ideas
of the answers that I am looking for. I have been very honest with
them about the fact that I have personally learned a lot by students
making me aware of something that I have not looked at from that
particular point of view.
It has always amazed me how they would all focus on a number
of projects as being the best solution to the assignment.
What a difference it has made in how students feel about their
own work and their willingness to take constructive comments.