Weekly Tribes Online 2020: Rename yourself and…

This is great for a closing reflection, check for understanding, or just some heartfelt inclusion or appreciation.   We did this in a recent (and excellent) class I recently took from PYE (Partners for Youth Empowerment) Once you have taught your participants in Zoom how to remake themselves, AS everyone to remake themselves with adjectives […]

Weekly Tribes Online 2020: Camera On, Camera Off

Just like ‘That’s Me!’, only everyone starts with their camera off and when the host asks a question, if the answer is ‘yes’, those people turn their cameras ON.  This allows for some fun ‘spotlights’ on people as well as an opportunity for participants to come up with questions.  And, you can infuse some content […]

Weekly Tribes Online 2020: Passing the Online Talking Stick

This idea comes from Kinsley, a facilitator at Peace Learning Center. Choose an object, either real or imaginary and take turns ‘throwing’ and ‘catching’ it in Zoom or some other platform where all can be seen.  For example, pass the imaginary basketball to designate who will speak next – it is helpful to ask, “Who’s […]

Weekly Tribes Online 2020: Altogether Chat Response

I learned this from Ms. Herman principal at Palisades Elementary School: If using Zoom, or another online platform with a ‘Chat’ option, ask all to write a response or reflection, but don’t push ‘return’ or ‘enter’ until told to do so – then you get everyone’s  response all at one and can read through.  This encourages […]

Hand Signals to use for Online Learning

Use different hand signals to maximize participation, engagement, and understanding. Thanks to Tribes Trainer Cindy Robinson for posting this on fb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9T99GAWuKE

Weekly Tribes 2020: Enhancing Teacher Practices – 14 day challenge

Meet my friend and fellow Tribes trainer Cindy Robinson and take her 14 day challenge starting today! 14 Day Challenge

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 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: 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 […]