Weekly Tribes 2018: Compassion Games

Heads Up! The Compassion Games happen twice a year and You just might want to learn about and get ready for the April games.  Here is an intro and the website for more information. Very Tribes-like! Earth Week

Weekly Tribes 2018: Would You Rather…?

Need an Influence energizer? Or maybe a engaging pre-writing activity for persuasive writing? Check out https://icebreakerideas.com/would-you-rather-questions Choose your audience.  Transfer responsibility to students to create some good questions, Use for content,,, Would you rather multiply or divide your lottery winnings? Would you rather live in the middle ages or during colonial times? Would you rather be […]

Weekly Tribes 2017 – 2018: The Animal in You

This comes from Rochelle Harvey a former student in the Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC). ‘Where Do I Stand’, a strategy in your Tribes book, was the inspiration for Rochelle to find this website. Use the information for a few rounds of ‘Where do I stand?” or put the information 

Weekly Tribes 2016: F-A-I-L

I saw this posted somewhere and took a screenshot.  Here is it transcribed: If you FAIL, never give up because F-A-I-L means First Attempt In Learning. END is not the end.  In fact, E-N-D means Effort Never Dies. If you get NO as an answer, remember, NO means Next Opportunity. To make this into a […]

Weekly Tribes 2013 – student centered active learning

December is always a crazy busy month…holiday emotions and projects and interruptions. Here is a very effective and challenging instructional strategy.  This could be a grand project, or simply an active and student-developed learning experience to use for reflection and total engagement…it is concept attainment. Here is a link to a pdf from Barrie Bennett and Carol […]

Weekly Tribes 2013 – What’s Your Perspective?

Perspective…defined as a particular evaluation of something, a measured assessment of a situation. When it comes to conflict, or the ever-popular term “bullying”, perspective is key to understanding, management, and resolution. Use the young lady/old lady example in your Tribes books for a ‘warm-up’. Then try this little exercise, thanks to a 4th grade teacher […]

Weekly Tribes 2012 – 2013 Musical Influence

Influence is in the air…so why not challenge your students with a little musical intelligence… What is ‘stirring’?  Once you identify it, challenge students to come up with a musical example that demonstrates…song, lyrics, mood, etc. For example, what if students are using put-downs once they are out of class (in halls, on playground, etc.)? […]

Weekly Tribes 2012-2013 “What would you do…?”

Michele, a Tribes TLC trainer in northern California, is also a speech pathologist and works a lot with middle schools students and their communication skills. She came upon a brilliant idea that has really started to make a difference in student interactions. Prepare real life situations, on slips of paper and put in some sort […]

Weekly Tribes 2012-2013 September Right To Pass

The Right to Pass can be a tricky agreement for teachers to explain and students to understand. It is defined as the right to which one chooses to participate.  It is essential for a democratic classroom.  Yet, students will ‘test’ this agreement more often than the others. Here is a suggestion. Make a T-chart:  What […]

Weekly Tribes – One/Five Minute History

One to Five Minute History Thanks to Wendy in Toronto for these content ideas to use with a one/five minute history. Have students choose a topic from what they have learned in your class and speak about it for one, two, three, up to five minutes.  It is helpful to have them commit to an […]