Discuss your feelings about having to critique a classmate’s work? Over and over, we hear students say that this aspect of a class is uncomfortable. Do you agree?

Giving and accepting criticism is often difficult. Think of times when you have been asked to criticize others and cannot think of a way to say what you think without offending them. Or think of times when you want to criticize others but feel your comments won’t be welcomed. Or think of times when you have received criticism and have either had your feelings hurt or have been relieved to hear the truth. What specific experiences can you think of? What have you learned both about presenting and receiving criticism?

Discuss any difficulties you have/had in assessing yourself; do you find this process natural or do you consider yourself to be a person who shies away from self-reflection? Are you generally too hard, too easy, or just right in your self-assessment? On others?