Getting Back Into the Groove of Things

Thank you Melanie Steenbergen, Franklin Middle School, Plano ISD, Plano Texas – for this excellent TLE for staff and their students! CONTENT/THEME: Getting Back Into the Groove of Things Audience: special education department teachers at start of school year *The group will be sitting with desks in a circle facing each other. *Name plates will […]

Weekly Tribes 2019: A Nation at Hope

This will be the last ‘Weekly Tribes’ for the school year.  We will be back in August! This article is a fitting ‘end’ to affirm all that you have done with the Tribes process to create a culture, build relationships, reflect on learning, and appreciate. http://nationathope.org/report-from-the-nation/

Weekly Tribes 2019: Rumor Control!?

How communication breaks down and rumors start – 4 minutes – no volume necessary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hLJUs6A1VM

Weekly Tribes 2019: What Every Student Wants Their Teacher to Know

This comes from Beth, a teacher in Texas, and a student in the Tribes Basic Online Course (BOC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nH6Pq93C1c  

Weekly Tribes 2019: Totally Awesome Tuesday

Another great idea from Cindy Robinson, Tribes trainer and founder of Enhancing Teacher Practices: Enhancing teacher practices

Weekly Tribes 2019: Fist Activity

This comes from Peace Learning Center https://peacelearningcenter.org This is the time of year when the stage of Influence can be ever-present; this activity will likely cause some good discussion and reflection on how things are going. Have students pair up.  After they determine who in the pair is the youngest, ask that person to make […]

Weekly Tribes 2019: A Quick, Fun Energizer

Need a quick break and get some movement going in an organized fashion?  If students like this, challenge them to think of ways to make it more exciting or challenging.

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, […]