In collaboration with Stanford University’s d.school, we have thoughtfully designed a 15-piece toolkit to equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become purposeful navigators.
The toolkit is composed of a set of beautifully designed paper materials accompanied by extensive digital resources including videos, facilitation guides, additional activities and further reading (all of which you'll find here in the Teacher Portal). These materials provide teachers with 25+ hours of programming intended to be offered throughout the school year.
We want to guide students to become confident, capable navigators of the unknown and intentional wayfinders in their own lives. We are excited to have you as navigators alongside us for our initial big year. Below you will find an overview of our curriculum and to the left you will find links to individual pages for each of our 15 activities.
awareness to action
Purpose is a commitment to something that is meaningful to the self and the world outside of the self. Before students engage in meaningful projects, we think it is important for them to develop both self-awareness and an empathic approach to meeting the world around us. The Toolkit is structured to move students from awareness to action through 3 high-level phases:
- Focus outside the self
- Empowered ability to make things happen.
WAYFINDER JOURNEY TRACK
The content is arranged in a sequence called the Wayfinder Journey Track, that builds on itself as it moves through the three phases above using a wayfinding metaphor. This is only a suggested track - you should feel free to experiment with the order and do what works best for you at the right time for your class. You can access a copy of the The Wayfinder Journey Track here in your Pilot Partner Digital Resources folder and read the breakdown below.
UNDERSTANDING MY ISLAND
These exercises are designed to deepen students self-awareness by encouraging them to look into themselves to understand who they are and what they value.
1. TRACKING YOUR PAST + JOURNEY MAP: Introductory activity to encourage students to explore their past journey through the eyes of others.
2. BUILDING YOUR BOAT: Students reflect on and identify their core values and what is most important to them.
3. WAYFINDER TRAITS PACK: Students proactively name the traits they want to grow in so they can define their own learning pathway through our curriculum.
4. CENTERING YOURSELF: 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.
5. GRATITUDE ISLAND: Students reflect on the presence of two different types of gratitude in their lives and brainstorm ways to build up their gratitude practice.
PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY
These exercises are designed to help students turn their attention to the world outside of themselves and start thinking about how they could fit into the larger landscape.
6. NAVIGATION MARKERS: Students reflect on various aspects of their lives that act as anchors, waypoints, and sources of motivation as they continue to develop their practical self-care kit.
7. BUILDING YOUR CREW: Students recognize the utility of seeking guidance and support from others and gain tools to practice reaching out to potential mentors (crew members).
8. POWERS OF 10 PERSPECTIVES: Students start to identify and explore topics, issues, and needs that they care about in the world around them by taking a human-centered approach.
9. FIELD GUIDE: Students put empathy at the core of their conversations by introducing, and then practicing, a human-centered approach to interviewing. This is a two-part activity that starts in class, and is continued outside of class.
10. PURPOSE COMPASS: Introduces students to a simple framework for generating projects or endeavors that are purposeful by drawing on needs in the world, what they love and what skills they have.
NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY
These exercises are designed to empower students to think about how they can put what they have learned into practice and embark on meaningful projects.
11. ISLANDS VS. BUOYS: Students identify both the expectations (“shoulds”) and the dreams (“want to’s”) of their future and explore where there are synergies and tensions.
12. BRAVING THE UNKNOWN: Students are provided with a framework to help them identify, break down, and work through fears that might be keeping them from boldly reaching for their far-off goals/ dreams on the distant horizon.
13. CHARTING YOUR VOYAGE: Students are given a strategy for more adaptively and flexibly getting to their goal “destinations,” namely, by looking more deeply at their WHY to widen their HOW.
14. BEATING THE 'BERGS: Students are provided with a real-time tool to help them navigate around roadblocks and acquaint them with a 4-step approach (B.E.R.G.) that could be used with future roadblocks.
15. TRAIL GUIDE: Can be used throughout the toolkit to stoke students’ sense of curiosity and get them in the habit of taking on new experiences for the sake of broadening their horizons and stretching themselves.
10 WAYFINDER TRAITS
Within this framework, our toolkit also supports students in developing 10 Wayfinder Traits central to becoming a successful and fulfilled wayfinder:
INSTINCTIVELY PURPOSEFUL: You chart your own pathway. You travel with a self-defined vision that comes from an internal source of motivation.
DEEPLY GRATEFUL: You have a humble appreciation and reverence for the people and the world around you.
FLUIDLY ADAPTIVE: You are comfortable navigating ambiguity and are able to deal with uncertain situations.
FIERCELY DETERMINED: You persevere. Period.
KEENLY SELF-AWARE: You understand yourself on many levels, from how you function to what nourishes and sustains you.
RESPONSIBILITY SEEKING: You care about and are invested in the world around you, including your immediate community, your global community, and the natural world. Your empathy for others makes you tuned into ways you can help.
BOLDLY EXPERIMENTAL: You are action-oriented, driven by curiosity, and have a willingness to fail.
KNOWN FOR INTEGRITY: You are honest, responsible, and trustworthy. Your actions are driven by your values even when it is challenging.
INSATIABLY INQUISITIVE: Your curiosity drives you to constantly pursue new knowledge. You are open-minded and unafraid of expanding your horizons.
INTUITIVELY COLLABORATIVE: You are a relationship-builder who constantly seeks out guidance and support from diverse perspectives and who listens thoughtfully.
Each piece of the toolkit explores a different trait using practices from a variety of wayfinding traditions as metaphors. These aspirational characteristics take time to develop, and we provide ways for students to observe their progress throughout the year.
Delve into the academic research that informed our selection of the 10 Wayfinder Traits in our document, Background Research: 10 Wayfinder Traits here in your Pilot Partner Digital Resources folder.