Several weeks ago, 2nd grade students used an "Art Sandwich" as a tool to critique and complement another student's collage illustration.
They paired up in class and gave each other two complements and a suggestion for improvement.
Compliments are the carbs that keep us working and fuel our efforts, and suggestions are the protein that help us grow as artists and citizens and give us energy over the long haul.
It was very important for students to understand that saying "I like it" or "I think it's good" is a nice thing to say, but does not help the artist understand what about the art piece is strong, and should be tried again.
A special thanks to Ms. Kitty, the art teacher at Ravenswood for inventing and sharing the Art Sandwich with me, and so many other things, while I was student teaching!