Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Four Year-olds Start Their Day with Kindness

For those of you who teach those younger students…but this could also be easily adapted for older students!  Who wouldn’t want to start the day with a fist-bump, high five, handshake, or hug?

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: 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: Be a Mr. Jensen

This is another wonderful reminder of the power of a caring and intuitive teacher.  It’s about building relationships!

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 – What’s on Your Wall?

This comes from Maureen, a middle school math teacher in Torrance, CA. Thanks for these great ideas to keep students thinking and responsible! 

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 […]

Weekly Tribes 2018: teachheart.org

 Here is another resource you definitely want to have on hand, to teach students to be caring and compassionate toward people, animals, and our planet. Each guide contains lessons and activities with all student materials included and ready to use.  Free to download. View the table of contents for the Justice for All Guide and prepare to be amazed and […]