You are such a dedicated advisor spending your time learning about new ideas and techniques, You probably should be responding to kids journals more (and more consistently), but you obviously care so much for your students – it shows even from here.
There you have it – the critique sandwich (Maggie, an advisor at Community Connections calls it an OREO). In honor of exhibition week, just a reminder of a helpful critique process, a way of presenting praise and suggestions for growth. It is hard, we all know, to maintain the balance of a relationship with your students while still pushing them forward to grow. (Welcome to our life shout their parents!). That being said, sometimes, a direct approach, is not always most effective – but you know you’ve got to say something. So, slather that critique in praise and there you have it, the critique sanwich:
Top Bread – Some kind of positive reinforcement/ comment
Meat (or cheese/ fake cheese for vegans) -The critical analysis, reminder, assessment, suggestion.
Bottom Bread – return to the soft cushion of positive reinforcement. (No cibatta allowed here).
Give it a try and see how it works. (If you have an great stories with these, post them as comments).
How to make sandwiches: