Weekly Tribes May 2017: ‘Wright’s Law’

‘Weekly Tribes’  is completing another school year (here in the USA) and will return again in August. This video “Wright’s Law”, is about the wonderful influence a teacher can have on students, in more ways than in the classroom.  In fact, this 12 minute documentary was produced by one of Mr. Wright’s former students. 

Weekly Tribes May 2017: Wonder?

Have you read Wonder by R. J. Palacio? Regardless, this 2 minute video will be influential in introducing or reflecting on the story and the social-emotional themes it inspires. Check out this link; go to 16:56 (last clip)

Weekly Tribes May 2017: The survey says…

This has been posted before, but this is the time of year for reflecting and celebrating… Here are some suggestions: Develop 4 open ended questions = The best thing about this class, something to improve on for next year, the best thing about (teacher), ‘But I’ll warn you…(about teacher) Have your students develop the 4-6 […]

Weekly Tribes May 2017: Weather Report

Just like the ‘Where Do I Stand’ strategy in your Tribes book, this is an exercise in metaphor. What’s is the weather like… after the weekend in your group/tribe in terms of (one of ) the agreements at this point in the school year, compared to the beginning of the school year in terms of […]

Weekly Tribes April 2017: Constructivism and Technology Integration

This one-minute video is a handy reminder/check for how you might be using technology as a tool, rather than as an outcome.   What Tribes strategies might be done with technology? What’s in you wallet = what’s on your Chrome book? Something good = Something good I can share on my Chrome book. Finding all we […]

Weekly Tribes April 2017: Terrific and Thankful

Maybe, like where I live, you are coming back after Spring break?  Here are two strategies to consider, from Tawnya on Fishers Island, NY.  Tanya is a student in the current BOC (Basic Online Course).  As you can see, she took appreciation to a new level – first, students appreciated themselves, then  a classmate re-affirmed […]

Weekly Tribes April 2017: Diversity Builds Community

This little video about ‘The Crayon Box That Talked’ is a great message about appreciating diversity and various strengths.  While it is more appropriate for the K – 2 age/grade, it may also be a challenge for your techie older students – to create a video clip or children’s story or rhyme about appreciating diversity.

Weekly Tribes March 2017: Tower Building with a Twist

This idea comes from Nick, a teacher in Western Australia.  He teaches year 10 (grade 10) special needs students.  Nick is currently a student in the Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC) and he posted this assignment:  I conducted a hands on challenge where students have to work together to make sure they were able to […]

Weekly Tribes March 2017: Curiosita tic-tac-toe

For those of you who have enjoyed the ‘Curiosita’ connections in ‘Weekly Tribes’, and for those who want to get your (or your students’) Multiple Intelligences more present, check out this link.  A creative and clever challenge to ‘show what you know’, this tic-tac-toe assignment could be adapted for any subject.  Check out pages 148 – […]

Weekly Tribes March 2017: ‘Be the Cat’

Megan, a 4th grade teacher in Portland, Oregon – presented this link and description in her Tribes Basic Online Course assignment last week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44iIJGDJlwQ We discussed how people have different strengths and areas of need in school, and sometimes we all need people to help us out. We also discussed how the cat watched the […]