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: 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: 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: ‘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 […]

Weekly Tribes March 2017: Funeral for Put-Downs

Have put-downs resurfaced in your classroom lately…a little spring ‘influence’, getting near the end of the year, and feeling like ‘next’ graders already? Here is an authentic and powerful idea from Brad and Jamie, teachers at Forest Trail Elementary school in Austin, Texas: Funeral for Put-Downs– We extensively discussed in Community Circle the power of […]

Weekly Tribes Feb 2017: Think Positively

Here is a 95-second cartoon that will certainly make you laugh.  And then you can have a discussion on thinking positively!

Weekly Tribes Feb 2017: Curiosita

This is another great resource to add to your toolbox.  Sign up for their free newsletter! Do you see the Tribes process overlay in this list of Top 10 Creativity Tips?! http://curiositateaching.com/10tips