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Peer Review & Submission of Short Proposals

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This is the post for the week of March 19, 2018.

This week, you’ll share the draft of your Short Report Proposal with your writing group and give feedback to everyone else in your group.

Readings for the Week

Review the texts below for help with your project:

Tasks for the Week

  1. By 11:59PM on Monday, March 19, submit your 03/16 Labor Log in Canvas, if you are using the grace period.
  2. Check out the previous Daily Discussion posts that can help you improve your Short Report Proposal:
  3. By 11:59PM on Wednesday, March 21, post a draft of your project in the Group Feedback on Short Proposals Discussion in Canvas.
  4. By 11:59PM on Friday, March 23, post feedback on the drafts posted by your group members in the Group Feedback Discussion in Canvas. Be sure to use the strategies from the Peer Review: Commenting Strategies video.
  5. By 11:59PM on Monday, March 26, submit your project in the Short Proposal assignment in Canvas. If you are using the grace period, submit your project by 11:59PM on March 29.
  6. By 11:59PM on Friday, March 23, write your 03/23 Labor Log in Canvas. The grace period for your log entry ends at 11:59 PM on Monday, April 2.


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I think the peer review info graphic was pretty helpful. I tend to follow some of the guidelines already, such as starting and ending on a positive note, but I need to work on including more positive comments in the middle of my reviews. Also I tend to use “but” and “however” to separate positive and negative comments. I’ll try to use separate sentences in the future.

The first one in the “extra tips and sides” is very useful. I usually use “however” to transit from positive comments to negative ones. Now that I read the example, it is better to use separate sentences without “however”. It does sound more natural and positive.

Many of the things included in this post might seem like common knowledge but like Michael, I also tend to use “but” and “however” to separate positive and negative comments, however, it has been used as such in many instances that I have come across. There are very useful tips in the post that I’ll definitely pay heed to.

I thought the constructive criticism sandwich info graphic was pretty helpful. I already followed most of the guidelines, but there were a few tips and tricks I found informative. I know for me, I should incorporate the use of ‘I’ more rather than “you’. Furthermore, the idea of using two sentences to crossover to the criticism is a great idea. Typically, I use ‘however,’ but by splitting it into two sentences seems to work better.

Is the constructive criticism sandwich universally applicable? It seems like the sort of thing that would depend on many factors such as culture. I’m certainly not a fan of someone using it on me personally; in practice it often feels insincere and almost patronizing or manipulative.

I think the most important thing, regardless of exactly how you say it, is to speak with sincerity. In a culture that expects criticism sandwiches, it’s probably better to say nothing at all than it is to sandwich criticism with insincere praise. This goes even moreso for situations where the criticism must also be toned down in addition to being sandwiched. It can all end up obscuring the criticism so much that the criticism isn’t communicated well enough for it to be acted upon.

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