Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: Circles

This particular link (submitted by Terry, a former student in the Tribes Basic Online Course) is 4 minutes of affirmation and information on why and how meeting in a community circle can change everything.  Notice there are several other great links to learn more about Restorative Circles. It is never too late to implement a community […]

Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: Power of Positivity

It’s October, and a time for the stage of ‘Influence’.  How we influence one another, and are influenced by what and who surrounds us. This one minute video gives a perspective and reminder of what we do, or not, to create positivity in our lives. Reflect. Appreciate. Be kind.

Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: Community Building

Check out this link: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/programs/cdrum/documents/restorative_practices/Community_Building.pdf Using the community circle to build community, increase social capital, and prepare students for having a voice, these suggestions offer something for everyone – from low to high risk  (from inclusion to influence). Involve students in make the choice for the topic (transferring responsibility), and up your classroom management game as […]

Weekly Tribes 2017-2018: September Inclusion

Weekly Tribes is back to school! This little 2 minute video is a reminder for the importance of taking the time for inclusion. Starting next week, stay tuned for strategies and information on HOW to make inclusion happen.

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 January 2017: Teaching in the Moment

A good read, and perhaps a good reminder: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol12/1207-aust.aspx

Weekly Tribes November 2016: A Wish Jar

Wish Jar This comes from Aine, a teacher in Ireland and a current student in the Tribes BOC (Basic Online Course) We created a dream jar where they wrote their dreams and put it in a Roald Dahl BFG style jar. They had the choice to share it or tie it with a string and […]