Teacher Kevin Day brought a handful of "Pocket Compasses" on his school retreat to Yosemite. One served to plan an upcomping project for his history class. On return to "civilization," he extended it in his notebook.
Pocket Compass in nature
Teacher Kevin Day demonstrating that he's taken his pocket compass with him...in his pocket! Here, on a school trip to Yosemite.
Personal pocket compass
Teacher Kevin Day using the Pocket Compass again to explore how to fully engage in a school trip despite the burden of his workload on his mind. Says Kevin "I'm compass-ing my way through my anxiety. I'm finding the compass to be a tool that helps me slow down, get oriented -- and try something."
Class planning Compass
A teacher's compass for daily planning in her 9th and 10th grade programming classes.
Class Conversation: Project Progress
Alexandra Strong, professor at Olin College, using a compass with a design studio course to help student project teams share their status with the class and offer ways to make progress.
Exploring a personal project
5th grade students in Michael Dawson's Innovators for Purpose program used Compass collages to explore a personally-meaningful topic to focus their semester-long innovation project on, to make their first "mark on the world."
Project Prototyping Compasses
Michael Dawson, of the program Innovators for Purpose working in Cambridge, MA public schools, had 5th grade students explore potential short-term school improvement projects with quick Compasses (an adaptation of earlier Compass language). The went around their school for 25 minutes with a camera, and explored what it might feel like to work on four different topics.
When this public 9th grade class was given 10 minutes to to "Compass" on anything on their mind, nearly half the class focused on stress around studying. This is one of those examples. Other topics students explored: how to find time for a haircut, how to approach a girl, how to earn money, and how to improve a project.
3rd grader compass - ways to learn words
Given the open prompt to begin with observations about the highs and lows of recent days, this 3rd grader explored a way to pursue his love of words (and some other stuff...!).
In a required sophomore design course at Olin, student teams start a team Compass two weeks into their team-based projects. They can revisit it when they observe new challenges arise. They do initial Compass "spider diagrams" to get a sense of their teammates comfort with different areas of the design process. More...
Team formation compass
Student team at Olin using a "Team Formation Compass" guide to get a team compass started; they revisit it any time they have an observation that their teamwork could use some work.
A closer look at a collection of Compass "spider diagrams" from a sophomore student team at Olin College. They will do this again at the end of the semester, to see how the time between may have stretched them.
Notetaking during interviews and observations
This educational product company used (an earlier version of) the Compass to capture observations and thoughts during early edtech co-design sessions with elementary school children.
Students in 2nd grade doing a joint Compass experience around the social challenges they've been having at recess—and trying some experiments!
Sharing Updates at Meetings
When this group of NJ Public School administrators came together for a retreat, they were able to quickly create a “Compass Gallery” to share their experiments, learnings, and achievements over the last year.
Class feedback compass
Ela Ben-Ur uses keeps a Compass going during her classes and workshops, so that she—and the students—can capture observations, principles, ideas, and experiments for improvement as they come. And, try them out!
Making meetings work
This group of administrators used Compasses as a large group, and in small groups, to deeply understand issues—and get to actions to try.
Teams of Pomfret School students working on campus design projects put sharing their current thinking with Compasses in a design review.
Plotting one's courses (in College)
Senior Emily Wang supports sophomore Mikhaela Dietch as she explores her interests and how she might support them with courses and experiences at Olin College and beyond.
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