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A Compass for the Classroom
How Teachers (and Students) Can Find Their Way & Keep From Getting Lost

  • Noah benShea - Noah benShea is one of North America’s most respected and beloved poet-philosophers. An international, best selling author of 22 books translated into 18 languages, Noah’s work is embraced by millions.
  • Robert C. Di Giulio - Johnson State College


October 2004 | 96 pages | Corwin
A Compass for the Classroom provides guidance, support, and inspiration. The book presents a new model of reflection using the metaphor of a compass, with directional points of humility, honesty, love, and faith. It is a guide to finding one's way in life by always considering the four points in our decisions and views. The book provides teachers with something to feed the spirit to succeed in the somewhat selfless struggle that educators take on to help students learn and thrive. It includes examples of the compass points in action in classrooms, as well as assessment checklists for teachers and students.
 
About the Author
 
Part I: A Compass for the Classroom: The Concept
 
1. A New Compass
 
2. Why We Need a Compass
 
3. Why We Need a New Compass
 
4. Why We All Need a New Compass
 
5. Instructions for People Who Don't Do Instructions
 
6. How the New Compass Works
 
7. The New Compass: Day to Day
Humility

 
Honesty

 
Love

 
Faith

 
 
8. May You Go From Strength to Strength
 
Part II: A Compass for the Classroom: The Application
 
9. A Compass to Guide Teachers
 
10. Why a Compass for the Classroom?
 
11. What a Compass for the Classroom Provides
 
12. Points of the Compass
North: Toward Humility

 
Guiding Statements of Humility

 
The Compass Point of Humility in Practice

 
East: Toward Honesty

 
Guiding Statements of Honesty

 
The Compass Point of Honesty in Practice

 
South: Toward Love

 
Guiding Statements of Love

 
The Compass Point of Love in Practice

 
West: Toward Faith

 
Guiding Statements of Faith

 
The Compass Point of Faith in Practice

 
 
13. Checking Your Compass: Four Checklists for Self-Assessment
Compass Assessment

 
Compass Checklist Instructions

 
North Checklist: Humility Indicators

 
East Checklist: Honesty Indicators

 
South Checklist: Love Indicators

 
West Checklist: Faith Indicators

 
 
14. Putting It All Together
 
References

"This book helps us find our way back to a place where loving, caring adults nurture students to be their best. The authors help us recover schools as places of honesty, integrity, and hope."

Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education
Syracuse University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: A New Compass


Noah benShea

Noah benShea is one of North America's most respected and beloved poet-philosophers, and a source of strength to millions around the world. He is the international best selling author of 20 books translated into 18 languages, including the famed Jacob the Baker series. He has spoken and taught at the best universities; served as a Dean at UCLA, visiting lecturer at MIT and The Fuqua Graduate Business School at Duke University, guest professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, and a Fellow at several long range think tanks including USC's Center for the Humanities, and the esteemed Center for the... More About Author

Robert C. Di Giulio

Robert DiGiulio is Education Professor at Johnson State College in Vermont. He earned his Ph.D. in human development from the University of Connecticut, and recently earned his D.Ed. in socio-education from the University of South Africa. He began his teaching career in the New York City public school system, where he taught for a number of years. His 33-year career as an educator includes teaching at the elementary, middle, junior high and college levels, with experience ranging from crowded urban schools to a one-room schoolhouse. He has also served as a school principal educational researcher, consultant, and writer. ... More About Author

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