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 […]

Weekly Tribes December 2016: Getting vs. Giving

Perhaps you are one of the more than 2 million to view this video.  I subbed yesterday in a middle school class with some challenging behaviors.  Their answers were just like those in the video!  Just another reminder to build relationships through sharing of ourselves and our experiences. Enjoy and share this wonderful little video. […]

Weekly Tribes December 2016: Multiple Intelligences

  In case you are thinking, “oh yeah, I should do more Multiple Intelligences…”, here is a list of activities that speak to each intelligence, compliments of Martina, a current student from Ireland in the Tribes Basic Course (BOC)

Weekly Tribes 2016 November: Kindness Holiday Calendar

It is almost December, so here is a clever and compassionate way to involve students and family. http://www.simplemost.com/spread-holiday-cheer-random-acts-kindness-calendar/ You might have your students each take a day and write a suggestion for the class to do, or include drawings, rather than words; some may want to make a calendar of activities or appreciations for their […]

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 […]