Weekly Tribes 2020: Clapping Game

Here is a fun and challenging energizer.  I did it yesterday with a group of 2nd graders…with a few modifications, but they were successful and problem-solved their way through while focusing and having fun!  Reflect on the behaviors that make it successful.  Ask students how it might be made more challenging and/or how to use […]

Weekly Tribes 2020: Who’s Missing?

Want to test the feeling of community in your classroom? Here is a fun way to do it.  Have your students cover their eyes and put their heads down while you walk about the room and tap 3-6 students on the shoulder – which is the signal to those students to open their eyes and […]

Weekly Tribes 2020: Goals

Happy New Decade! Here are some words for 2020 I found on Facebook:  what one practices, one becomes very good at. I see a creative writing assignment here…or at least a community circle topic.

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Holiday Mindfulness

This comes from Megan (grade 1) at Happy Kids School in Budapest Hungary…but you can adjust it for any grade.   First, she assigns students a ‘Christmas tribe’. They build inclusion by sharing a wish for themselves and a wish for their class (the Cheeky Monkeys). Later in the week she has students meet again […]

Weekly tribes 2019-2020: Compromise!

Here is a sweet little video to remind us about the power of compromise.  Use it as a writing prompt, a discussion topic about the agreements, or an opportunity to practice I-messages.   (For some reason you will need to rewind when you activate the link.)

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Helium Peppermint Stick

This comes from the website leadbyadventure.com: It does require a bit of preparation, but worth it! Helium Peppermint Stick This is a variation on the helium stick team building activity. One year with a student leadership group, I wrapped red electric tape around a thin, long piece of PVC pipe to make it look like […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Be Thankful

As we in the USA approach Thanksgiving, here is a nice reminder of giving, and giving thanks.

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Enhancing Teacher Practices

Cindy Robinson, Tribes trainer and passionate educator, has formed her own company and you can visit her website here. Get resources, watch Cindy in action, PD in your pajamas, and more! This is a keeper.

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Tattle or Talent?

This is for all my friends who teach younger children and are tired of ‘tattling’. My dear friend Kathi Jensen, Tribes trainer and retired principal, and I were reminiscing about our days in the classroom and she told me about this strategy she made up “before I ever knew about Tribes!” Create a box where […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Tribes – Easy and Everyday

This is the time of year when the Tribes book might be on the shelf collecting dust and the workload and events schedule gets crazy;  Halloween to Christmas/Winter break flies by. So, check this out and get some Tribes back in your daily routine! Tribes – Easy and Everyday Final Countdown – end of the […]