Compass Points

Type of strategy: Brainstorming and DiscussionProcessingVisual OrganizersWriting and/or Reflection

Intended Audience: StudentsTeachers

To help learners flesh out an idea or proposition and eventually evaluate it.


Give participants time to reflect on the task, the content, the tool. The can either put comments on their own compass paper or on stickie notes to build on others thinking.

  1. E = ExcitedWhat excites you about this idea or proposition? What’s the upside?

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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?


Thinking Visually: Compass Points

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns