# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Career Investigations Task 273202787

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Provide constructive praise and criticism.


Constructive praise should include addressing
  • specific accomplishments and strengths
  • encouragement toward positive change
  • a sense of teamwork
  • positive workplace morale
  • a mutual stake in the work at hand (the product or process being criticized)
  • the negative only in specific terms, not generalized
  • a specific direction or action for improvement
  • the positive change to be made.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the difference between constructive and destructive criticism?
  • How does one know when and how to use praise?
  • How can self-esteem be affected by criticism and praise?
  • How can constructive criticism help make positive impacts in the workplace?
  • How can constructive praise be used to improve workplace morale?
  • Why should constructive praise be used in conjunction with constructive criticism?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.
  1. Listen actively and speak using appropriate discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.
  2. Participate as a facilitator and a contributor in a group.
  3. Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas.
  4. Ask questions to clarify the speaker’s purpose and perspective.
  5. Summarize the main points a speaker makes.
  6. Summarize and evaluate group activities.
  7. Analyze the effectiveness of participant interactions.
  8. Evaluate own contributions to discussions.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams.
  10. Work respectfully with others and show value for individual contributions.


The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations.
  1. Use a variety of strategies to listen actively and speak using agreed upon discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.
  2. Clearly communicate ideas and information orally in an organized and succinct manner.
  3. Ask probing questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas.
  4. Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas.
  5. Make statements to communicate agreement or tactful disagreement with others’ ideas.
  6. Use language and style appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.
  7. Give formal and informal presentations in a group or individually, providing evidence to support a main idea.
  8. Work effectively and respectfully within diverse groups.
  9. Exhibit willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a goal.
  10. Share responsibility for collaborative work.


The student will develop and deliver multimodal, interactive presentations collaboratively and individually.
  1. Select, organize, and create multimodal content that encompasses opposing points of view.
  2. Choose vocabulary and tone appropriate to the audience, topic, and purpose.
  3. Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to deliver multimodal presentations.
  4. Cite information sources.
  5. Respond to audience questions and comments.
  6. Differentiate between Standard English and informal language.
  7. Evaluate presentations.