Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Have You ever…?

This is a nice variation of ‘I Like My Neighbor’. http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/HaveYouEver.html Use it for academic content (Have you ever had a word problem in Math and didn’t know what to do first?  Have you ever proofread your writing and found no mistakes?) Use it for social justice (Have you ever seen someone doing something wrong […]

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Restorative Practice

This comes from Tsun Chan, a former student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) Restorative Practice and Tribes is a great fit – here it is in a high school

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Collaborative Learning and Harkness Discussions

This comes from Deirdre, a teacher in Ireland, and participant in the current Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC). This 9-minute video and subsequent link to Harkness Discussions is good for grades 4 – 12 and beyond. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=503&v=rWEwv_qobpU Harkness discussions https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-teacher/fall-2008/introducing-and-using-the-discussion-(aka-harkness/

Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: You Never Know…(valuing others)

This 2-minute clip comes from Samiha, a former student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) and is a wonderful reminder to refrain from judgement, based on appearance, race, gender…anything

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019 Start the Year – Agreements

This comes from Penny, an Elementary P.E. teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah. To assess students’ understanding of the Tribes agreements I think I would write the agreements on 3×5 cards, 1 agreement/card. On one side I would write the agreement and on the other side I would write an animal sound i.e. Attentive Listening […]

Weekly Tribes 2018: Nice Bike

It’s all about relationships, right?! SEL characteristics Group development process Agreements Reflection Enjoy this book and it’s connections to ‘a way of being together’ – especially if you are a motorcycle enthusiast!

Weekly Tribes 2018: ‘Dekaaz’

Here comes another offering from Catch the Fire. Musician and facilitator Rachel Bagby has created an elegant group reflection tool – a new poetic form called dekaaz.  Consisting of three lines with just ten syllables, it’s a simple, fun, and powerful form for distilling and sharing insight.  Dekaaz can consolidate a vast amount of experience into a tiny poem, […]

Weekly Tribes 2018: Name Drawing

Here’s a fun way to activate some visual/spatial intelligence.  Have students draw their names with pictures. Example:  “Gary” could draw a bunch of grapes for G, an apple for A, a ring for R, and a blotch of yellow for Y. Once everyone has completed drawings, post or share in groups to guess the names.  Or, save for name tags or desk top names. If you really […]

Weekly Tribes 2018: Life Insurance? – a rerun

Yes, It has been an entry for Weekly Tribes before, but who doesn’t need a little reminder now and then?

Weekly Tribes 2018: Your ‘Cool’ Card

This comes to you from a Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE) training I recently attended – Creative Faciliation 1. Our facilitator was about to push us all a bit out of our comfort zone and into our creativity zone.  She asked us to imagine that we had a card in our back pocket.  “Take out […]