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Evaluation is often misinterpreted as calling for criticism. Students need to be taught how to have a constructive conversation around change. I suggest you revise the evaluation form to teach this. GenZ is the “like” generation. They’ve grown up believing their opinion about everything–no matter how considered or not–has absolute value. Social media encourages this illusion. To be meaningful, evaluations must be constructed in ways that call for serious consideration, rather than snap responses.

Aside from that, 20 years in the theatre–where your work is often immediately critiqued by your peers–taught me to listen with a smile, thanks them for their thoughts, absorbs what was useful, and ignore the rest. The trap is having an internal dialog with everything that’s being said. Consider the source, and move on.

Vodka is also very helpful.