Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Restorative Practice

This comes from Tsun Chan, a former student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) Restorative Practice and Tribes is a great fit – here it is in a high school

Weekly Tribes 2017 – 2018: Agreements – start the year

This comes from Jamie, a Tribes teacher in Austin, Texas. Even if the school year has already started for you, there is always time for reviewing and defining the agreements.   As you know, they need to be more than pretty posters on the walls. When we introduce the idea of agreements, we have the […]

Weekly Tribes August 2016 – Start the Year

The following link is a great reminder for getting off to a positive and productive start. https://www.neamb.com/professional-resources/top-strategies-to-start-the-school-year-strong.htm Here is my translation to the Tribes process: Establish Ground Rules = Tribes agreements Consistency is Key = Reflective Practice Be Positive! = Build Inclusion!  (group development process)

Weekly Tribes 2015-2016: Put Down Pirate

For those of you with younger students… This ingenious idea comes from Sheila in Ontario: Put-Down Pirate This is the same strategy as “Funeral for Put-Downs”, but a few things are added to make it more Primary. (Ideas taken from Page 250) The Objectives are the same: -to promote awareness of put downs and begin […]

Number Sense with Barnyard Babble

This comes from Julia, a student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) 1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy – Barnyard Babble 2. IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective: To compare size of numbers. Collaborative Objective: Making Responsible Decisions, Participating fully, solving problems creatively, celebrating achievement. Social skills: Listening Attentively, No put-downs, […]

Jigsaw – Influential Women in Canadian History

1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy Energizer: Bubble Gum – Page 382. The bubblegum energizer has students race to open a pack of bubblegum with mittens on. It ties into the topic of Influential Women in that all the women we would be learning about in the Jigsaw had to […]

Meaningful Appreciation

This TLE is from Caitlin, a teacher in Ontario, Canada 1. PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION: A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy What characteristics do you like about yourself? What characteristics do you think people appreciate about you? Watch this video about showing appreciation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbnYi21TYJk 2. IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective:  The objective will be to […]

Public Speaking: writing a speech

This TLE was created by Joyce, a teacher in Fort St. John, B.C., Canada CURRICULUM TOPIC, THEME, OR CONTENT: SPEECH TOPIC & CONTENT For Middle or High school IDENTIFY THE OBJECTIVES: Content Objective: Students will learn how to generate a speech topic and their personal knowledge in preparation for writing a speech Collaborative Objective: Students […]


This is from Kelly, a student in the online course. GRADE 9 – 12 MATERIALS; TIME REQUIRED ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll 25-30 minutes PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy Thumbs up, thumbs down Ask questions about the use of literary devices in poetry and literature…maybe even about elements in the […]

Weekly Tribes – The Power of Belief

Thank you, Faith! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DpN34FNbOKXc A trainer in Hawaii, Faith connects us to a Ted talk that ties nicely with what we know works…for students, for teachers, for people, especially those of us who trust the process of Tribes Here’s a suggestion…have students watch the video and then follow with written comments, specific to a writing […]