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Gold Standard PBL - Critique and Revision
Round Table Discussion
1. Is the culture in your classroom a culture of one and done or a culture of critique and revision? Explain
2. What are some examples of helpful critique and not helpful critiques?
3. How do you train students to critique each others work without offending one another?
4. How many rounds of critique and revision should a teacher plan in a project?
Action and Assessment
If you've ever experienced a a project in which the students' final products were less than desired, there's a good chance that critique and revision wasn't a core element of the learning process. Use the following rubric to evaluate your PBL. Look for structured activities that provide opportunities for students to give and receive critique from themselves, each other, and outside sources. Also look for built-in time for revision following these critiques.
Need help creating a culture of critique and revision? Try the following:
- Have students practice giving critique about things like the classroom environment and class meetings before they critique actual work.
- Teach students how to offer critique by using a rubric. Model it first and then have practice on each others work. Walk around and offer feedback, making sure students are underlining/highlighting parts of the rubric and writing specific comments connecting parts of the rubric with parts of the product. Not only is this critical thinking, it's also helpful critique!
- Regularly display before and after pieces of student work to show evidence of critique and revision.
- Have students create a portfolio of draft work and final work. The more progress they see, the better!
- Start with a visual piece of work to give students practice in critique and revision. Give students clear, specific constraints for the work to guide feedback, such as text size, number of images, appropriate colors, etc.
- To build their expertise and learn to use critique protocols, teachers can practice with their colleagues in professional development sessions. Dave showed pictures of teachers and administrators visiting classrooms to look at “project walls” created by teachers and using a protocol to give feedback.