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: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries…

What? Just when you might be thinking that your life has too many challenges…or better yet, when your students are being extra challenging for you or each other. have a look at this (and the subsequent links for Nick Vujicic).  Talk about Influence.  Positive Attitude.  Positive Attitude.  Appreciations.  Respect.

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 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 2017: Words to Live By…

Happy New Year! This United Way video is 4 and a half minutes of validation, inspiration, and motivation. Invite your students to add their own words to live by, in the classroom and out, and write them on sentence strips and post for all to see and be reminded of…

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 […]

Weekly Tribes November: Thumb Wars

  Here is another contribution from Brad Corbett, a teacher at Forest Trail Elementary in Austin, TX. Thumb Wars Energizer Start in Community Circle on the floor seated. Every other person sitting backwards (away for the center of the circle). Join hands to play Thumb War with your fingers curled against your partner’s curled fingers, and your thumbs […]