This simple, yet effective, infographic portrays a commonly accepted approach to providing constructive criticism-- "sandwiching" suggestions for improvement between pointing out your students' strengths to them and summarizing the overall strategy for improvement based on both strengths and weaknesses.
If we truly believe that constructive criticism is helpful, we need to embrace it for ourselves as well as for our students. This article explains criticism's value and provides guidelines for giving and receiving thoughtful criticism.
This illustrated guide to providing useful criticism is useful for teachers who are trying to strike a balance, and could also be employed in teaching students how to give constructive criticism to others.
In an online environment where students have grown accustomed to hostile rather than civil dialogues, one aspect of learning to receive criticism may also be learning to give constructive criticism to others. This role play activity could easily be modified to work with older students.
The title of this post encapsulates its main points, but the actual article gives practical and specific advice on the subject of giving criticism. If you want to teach yourself, your colleagues, or your students about how to effectively communicate critiques, this is a great place to start.