Weekly Tribes August 2016 – Start the Year

The following link is a great reminder for getting off to a positive and productive start. https://www.neamb.com/professional-resources/top-strategies-to-start-the-school-year-strong.htm Here is my translation to the Tribes process: Establish Ground Rules = Tribes agreements Consistency is Key = Reflective Practice Be Positive! = Build Inclusion!  (group development process)

Weekly Tribes 2015-2016: Put Down Pirate

For those of you with younger students… This ingenious idea comes from Sheila in Ontario: Put-Down Pirate This is the same strategy as “Funeral for Put-Downs”, but a few things are added to make it more Primary. (Ideas taken from Page 250) The Objectives are the same: -to promote awareness of put downs and begin […]

Number Sense with Barnyard Babble

This comes from Julia, a student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) 1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy – Barnyard Babble 2. IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective: To compare size of numbers. Collaborative Objective: Making Responsible Decisions, Participating fully, solving problems creatively, celebrating achievement. Social skills: Listening Attentively, No put-downs, […]

Jigsaw – Influential Women in Canadian History

1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy Energizer: Bubble Gum – Page 382. The bubblegum energizer has students race to open a pack of bubblegum with mittens on. It ties into the topic of Influential Women in that all the women we would be learning about in the Jigsaw had to […]

Meaningful Appreciation

This TLE is from Caitlin, a teacher in Ontario, Canada 1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy What characteristics do you like about yourself? What characteristics do you think people appreciate about you? Watch this video about showing appreciation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbnYi21TYJk 2. IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective:  The objective will be to […]

Public Speaking: writing a speech

This TLE was created by Joyce, a teacher in Fort St. John, B.C., Canada CURRICULUM TOPIC, THEME, OR CONTENT: SPEECH TOPIC & CONTENT For Middle or High school IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective: Students will learn how to generate a speech topic and their personal knowledge in preparation for writing a speech Collaborative Objective: Students […]


This is from Kelly, a student in the online course. GRADE 9 – 12 MATERIALS; TIME REQUIRED ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll 25-30 minutes PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy Thumbs up, thumbs down Ask questions about the use of literary devices in poetry and literature…maybe even about elements in the […]

Weekly Tribes – The Power of Belief

Thank you, Faith! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DpN34FNbOKXc A trainer in Hawaii, Faith connects us to a Ted talk that ties nicely with what we know works…for students, for teachers, for people, especially those of us who trust the process of Tribes Here’s a suggestion…have students watch the video and then follow with written comments, specific to a writing […]

Weekly Tribes 2012-2013 September No Put Downs

“Don’t be that guy [girl]!” Draw an outline of a male and female (big, on poster paper) Brainstorm on the outlines, things that guys and girls do or say to each other that are put-downs.  (You will definitely have some overlap here.) Invite students to add to the lists. Leave up for a few days […]

Weekly Tribes 2012 – end of the year

Here are some end-of -the year Tribes suggestions: Awards:  Most schools have some sort of awards ceremony to recognize achievement, citizenship, attendance, etc.  Why not have your students make and present their own awards to each other?!  A simple way to do this is to give each student a name (or 2, or 3) so […]