Weekly Tribes 2020: Clapping Game

Here is a fun and challenging energizer.  I did it yesterday with a group of 2nd graders…with a few modifications, but they were successful and problem-solved their way through while focusing and having fun!  Reflect on the behaviors that make it successful.  Ask students how it might be made more challenging and/or how to use […]

Weekly Tribes 2020: Goals

Happy New Decade! Here are some words for 2020 I found on Facebook:  what one practices, one becomes very good at. I see a creative writing assignment here…or at least a community circle topic.

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Helium Peppermint Stick

This comes from the website leadbyadventure.com: It does require a bit of preparation, but worth it! Helium Peppermint Stick This is a variation on the helium stick team building activity. One year with a student leadership group, I wrapped red electric tape around a thin, long piece of PVC pipe to make it look like […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Be Thankful

As we in the USA approach Thanksgiving, here is a nice reminder of giving, and giving thanks.

History: Family Tree (follow-up)

This comes from Aoife, a teacher at GETNS Inclusion: Circle time: Finish the statement “My favourite thing to do with my family is……” Objective: to build inclusion and promote awareness of how other family members feel. This is a follow on activity from compiling and presenting their family trees, a History content objective as per […]

When We Were Young

This comes from Megan, a teacher at Happy Kids School in Budapest, Hungary. Here, I am introducing the topic “When We Were Young”, where we will begin by comparing toys of the past and present. 1. Provide for inclusion: Use energizer “My Favourite People and Things”: In a community circle, I will start out by […]

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: Energizer – Rock Rock

Good for listening, problem-solving, working together, young and old…with a little music!  Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPH0-lVBgmA