Weekly Tribes 2019: Reflection Sentence Starters

I recently saw Cindy Robinson, Tribes trainer, and founder of Enhancing Teacher Practices present her session “Want Achievement?  Build Community!”  One of her many brilliant ideas to encourage reflection was to have a sentence starter planted in an envelope in the participants’ packets.  When the time came, she asked everyone to ‘”Find your green envelope, […]

Weekly Tribes 2019: Flexible Classroom

Ready for a change in your classroom?  Read this. https://www.edutopia.org/article/learning-be-flexible

Weekly Tribes 2019: Definition Dominoes

This is a great activity for groups to figure out.  It works best if you have 10 – 14 strips per group – prepared ahead of time! Use a strip of paper for each ‘domino’.  On one half of the domino, write a vocabulary word (or a math problem). One the other half of the domino, […]

Weekly Tribes 2019: A Perspective on the Future of Education

Check out Jack Ma (founder of Alibaba) on what needs to happen in education.  Humans cannot compete with machines…machines cannot compete with kindness, teamwork, compassion – or the Tribes process?!  This is a great video to share with those who say “I just don’t have time for Tribes.”

Weekly Tribes 2019: Energizers!

https://www.playmeo.com/activities/?subscription=free Lots of energizers here

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar

Pretty sure I posted something like this last year, but kindness and appreciation – can’t have too much?! Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar

Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: What If…?

This fun energizer comes from Trevor, a principal and Tribes TLC trainer in Wisconsin. Have everyone in the group (small or whole class) write a ‘what if…?’ question on a post-it note or small piece of paper.  Then write the answer on the back.  When you do this the first time, be sure to keep […]

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Have You ever…?

This is a nice variation of ‘I Like My Neighbor’. http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/HaveYouEver.html Use it for academic content (Have you ever had a word problem in Math and didn’t know what to do first?  Have you ever proofread your writing and found no mistakes?) Use it for social justice (Have you ever seen someone doing something wrong […]

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 2018-2019: Individual Homework – a Team Sport?!

This comes from Heidi, a teacher in Portland, Oregon: I use homework for both individual accountability and positive interdependence each school year. Towards the end of the year, the fourth graders participate in a simulation. They earn points for their teams in various ways and these help them move forward. Homework is one of the […]