Weekly Tribes 2020: Beat Master (energizer)

This is an oldie, but a goodie…likely you know it under a different name.   Have students in a circle.  Once student leaves the circle and while gone, a ‘beat master’ is assigned, silently.  The beat master starts a beat – clapping hands, patting head, snapping fingers, slapping floor, finger-play, etc.  The student rejoins the […]

Weekly Tribes 202 : Just OK is Not OK…

How Tribes-like! http://www.storiesfromschoolaz.org/just-ok-ok/?  

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 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: 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 […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Energizer – Rock Rock

Good for listening, problem-solving, working together, young and old…with a little music!  Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPH0-lVBgmA

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Color Your World With Kindness

Thanks to Megan, a grade 1 teacher at Happy Kids School in Budapest, Hungary for this sweet 2-minute animated video for those younger students.  Similar to the “life vest” short film, This is about paying it forward with kindness.