Compass Points

This Strategy will help students to:

  • Critically examine an idea or proposition

Implementation:Have students develop their ideas in relation to the four compass points:

E = Excited
What excites you about this idea or propositions? What’s the upside?

W = Worrisome
What do you find worrisome about this idea or proposition? What’s the downside?

N = Need to Know
What else do you need to know or find out about this idea or proposition? What additional
information would help you to evaluate things?

S = Stance or Suggestion for Moving Forward
What is your current stance or opinion on the idea or proposition? How might you move forward
in your evaluation of this idea or proposition?

Source: Compass Points | Project Zero (

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