23. Accept and give constructive criticism

"...in most criticism there is something good enough to take to heart."



  1. Have students choose something they dislike (broccoli, homework, cleaning their room).  Ask students to list all the characteristics they dislike about this thing.    Then have your students change their comments to constructive criticism.  For example, "Broccoli tastes bad," might become "Broccoli tastes much better with cheese."
  2. Divide your group into performers and judges.  Groups of performers should have a few minutes to develop a ridiculous dance movement or routine.  Then, each group should perform for the judges.  Judges must phrase their feedback in one of two ways:  "I liked when you..." or "Your dance would have been even funnier if...."  (This activity works best when you choose your judges carefully.)  (Great Group Games)


Discussion questions:

  1. What is the difference between criticism and constructive criticism?
  2. How can accepting constructive criticism help us to be civil?  How can giving constructive criticism help us to be civil?