Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Individual Homework – a Team Sport?!

This comes from Heidi, a teacher in Portland, Oregon: I use homework for both individual accountability and positive interdependence each school year. Towards the end of the year, the fourth graders participate in a simulation. They earn points for their teams in various ways and these help them move forward. Homework is one of the […]

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Taking attendance with inclusion

Check out this article from Edutopia. https://trib.al/wQnb5E0 Thanks Sandy Morse, Tribes trainer!

Weekly Tribes 2018: End of the school year celebrations

Another school year is coming to a close and ‘Weekly Tribes’ is going to take a summer vacation. Here are some suggestions to celebrate the end of a great school year with your students and staff… Draw names and make a certificate for that fellow student or staff member.  Get some wallpaper samples to make […]

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: Catch the Fire

This is a must-have book for your resource library.   Don’t be surprised by the connection to the Tribes process.  Do prepare to be delighted with activities that incorporate the arts while sustaining the Tribes process. Want more?  Sign up on Facebook for the PYE 3rd Thursday Assemblies Attend 3rd Thursday Assemblies  

Weekly Tribes 2018: Knowledge vs. Thinking

Here is 6 minutes of Neil deGrasse Tyson, reminding us that it is far more important to know HOW to think, rather than what to think.  Thank you Neil.

Weekly Tribes 2018: Kick Me

I know this doesn’t sound very Tribes-like, but I have your attention!  This site comes from Jonathan, an English teacher in Melbourne, Australia, and current student in the Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC).  Along with ‘Kick Me’ there are many other Tribes-like strategies for interactive learning.   The K20 Center provides short, sharp explanations of […]

Weekly Tribes 2018: Pass the Beat Around the Room

Watch this ‘instructional’ video (2 and a half minutes), and add your own challenges or ideas. The facilitator mentions how you can use this for spelling.  Likely, you can think of ways to use it for language development, sequencing, learning facts, and math operations. Whatever the agenda, this energizer requires focus and attention – two […]

Weekly Tribes 2017 – 2018: 1-2-4-All

This is a quick reflective practice strategy: 1/2/4 all: first one minute for yourself, then share with someone, then pair up and share and then one person of the four shares with the group.