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: Curiosita tic-tac-toe

For those of you who have enjoyed the ‘Curiosita’ connections in ‘Weekly Tribes’, and for those who want to get your (or your students’) Multiple Intelligences more present, check out this link.  A creative and clever challenge to ‘show what you know’, this tic-tac-toe assignment could be adapted for any subject.  Check out pages 148 – […]

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 March 2017: A ‘Curiosita’ Learning Experience

Another fantastic idea from the folks at ‘Curiosita” Check out this great strategy, ‘Think Tank‘. For a more Tribes-like approach, consider doing this in pairs or small groups…maybe even like a ‘people hunt’? Regardless, you will love the idea and your students will be engaged and challenged in a learning experience.

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: Karim Sulayman: I Trust You

  This video clip. Is a powerful 3 minute message. Mutual Respect No Put Downs Caring Safety HOPE

Weekly Tribes Jan 2017: Perspective and Understanding

What a week, here in the U.S.A. In light of the current mood and moodiness…and in the spirit of the Tribes process, this may be an appropriate and insightful activity. The objective here is to effectively build communication skills and support understanding of differing viewpoints.  This is not to change minds, but simply to model and […]