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 […]

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: Collaboration

You will get more than a few good ideas from watching this video defining collaboration…I recommend having your students watch it as well.

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.