Are You a Critic or a Critical Friend?

As a guy who is downright passionate about the power of PLCs, I think it’s important for people to understand that professional criticism is a part of collaborative practice.  Remember: The goal of a PLC is to advance student learning by working together to identify the teaching strategies that best move students forward.  Giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of that process.

But it’s ALSO important to remember that there’s  a difference between being a CRITIC and being a CRITICAL FRIEND:

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Long story short: A critic cares about themselves and a critical friend cares about others.  Which role are YOU filling in the lives of the people on your professional learning teams?


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The Power of PLCs

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One thought on “Are You a Critic or a Critical Friend?

  1. Mike (@mikekaechele)

    One of the things that I like about the PBL process is the Critical Friends protocol. In summary after someone shares or presents on something the audience does “I likes” about good things and “I wonders” about things that could be improved.

    Just by starting a sentence with “I wonder” softens any constructive criticism. It is simple, but effective. It also is easy to teach to students who usually lack the social skills to give feedback that is not offensive.

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