Students consider how they react to different emotions, draw upon their resources to navigate these “storms,” and create a practical self-care toolkit that can be referenced and updated with time.
KEY WAYFINDER TRAIT: Keenly Self-Aware
ESTIMATED TOTAL TIME: ~ 50 minutes
MATERIALS NEEDED: Something that allows students to capture a picture at the end of the activity.
Start the video at 2:15 for the Centering Yourself activity Intro Video.
For ancient Polynesian voyagers, the stars were one of the most important sources of information. They obviously didn’t have GPS, printed maps, man-made buoys, or the Coast Guard on speed-dial. In the era before instrument-based navigation, they skillfully learned how to rely entirely on cues from the natural world paired with their own acute awareness to navigate and chart new territory. Hawaiian navigators today study and master something called the Hawaiian Star Compass, which is a mental construct containing a rich array of informational inputs. Among other orienting information, it centers on learning the location of hundreds of stars in the sky, including where they rise and set within 32 “houses” (11.25 degree arcs) in the 360 degree sky.
Media and Story resources
- In this short video, Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson explains the Hawaiian Star Compass used for navigation and how it was designed.
- A great video that introduces the Hawaiian Star Compass and showcases a life-sized version created for teaching purposes, and shows apprentice navigators using their hands as calibration devices.
- Page on the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s website introducing the Hawaiian Star Compass
- Article about “Holding a Course” from PVS archival website that includes more information about navigating using the Hawaiian Star Compass
- Article about how the Viking Sunstone works