Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: What If…?

This fun energizer comes from Trevor, a principal and Tribes TLC trainer in Wisconsin. Have everyone in the group (small or whole class) write a ‘what if…?’ question on a post-it note or small piece of paper.  Then write the answer on the back.  When you do this the first time, be sure to keep […]

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Four Year-olds Start Their Day with Kindness

For those of you who teach those younger students…but this could also be easily adapted for older students!  Who wouldn’t want to start the day with a fist-bump, high five, handshake, or hug?

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Have You ever…?

This is a nice variation of ‘I Like My Neighbor’. http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/HaveYouEver.html Use it for academic content (Have you ever had a word problem in Math and didn’t know what to do first?  Have you ever proofread your writing and found no mistakes?) Use it for social justice (Have you ever seen someone doing something wrong […]

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Individual Homework – a Team Sport?!

This comes from Heidi, a teacher in Portland, Oregon: I use homework for both individual accountability and positive interdependence each school year. Towards the end of the year, the fourth graders participate in a simulation. They earn points for their teams in various ways and these help them move forward. Homework is one of the […]

Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: Be a Mr. Jensen

This is another wonderful reminder of the power of a caring and intuitive teacher.  It’s about building relationships!

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Collaborative Learning and Harkness Discussions

This comes from Deirdre, a teacher in Ireland, and participant in the current Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC). This 9-minute video and subsequent link to Harkness Discussions is good for grades 4 – 12 and beyond. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=503&v=rWEwv_qobpU Harkness discussions https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-teacher/fall-2008/introducing-and-using-the-discussion-(aka-harkness/

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019 – What’s on Your Wall?

This comes from Maureen, a middle school math teacher in Torrance, CA. Thanks for these great ideas to keep students thinking and responsible! 

Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: You Never Know…(valuing others)

This 2-minute clip comes from Samiha, a former student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) and is a wonderful reminder to refrain from judgement, based on appearance, race, gender…anything

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Taking attendance with inclusion

Check out this article from Edutopia. https://trib.al/wQnb5E0 Thanks Sandy Morse, Tribes trainer!

Weekly Tribes is back! August 2018

Dr. Gregg Talcott, the high school principal at Brandon Valley Schools, offers personal insight in how to build community at schools. Spend 19 minutes watching this TED talk and get excited to be back at school and make your learning community.