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Constructive criticism

Updated: Nov 10, 2018

So I submitted my ePortfolio for grading and received a good review with a list of recommended changes to make it better. I think that a couple of months ago, I would have viewed such criticism in a not so positive manner. This class has reminded me of a saying I used to tell my junior sailors back in the day, "you can't fix it if you don't know its broken." I asked my peers in my group for review and asked them to let me know where I need to fix things. I received a "I hope you don't take this the wrong way", and I had to laugh. I'm a math teacher, we are not concerned with proper grammar, just finding a possible solution. My response was I need all the help I can get because I'm a math teacher, my feeling would not get hurt.


I read her suggestions and took a hard look at that page and she was absolutely correct. It was a bunch of broken sentences with no person pronouns, which is the way I learned to write in the Navy. Old habits are hard to break, going to have to make a concerted effort to remind myself of that. I was glad that my professor took the time to seriously look over this ePortfolio and tell me how to make it better. The criticism was about the site, not about me. The growth mindset has helped me to separate the difference. I'm looking forward to growing as the classes progress.