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

Weekly Tribes 2019 – 2020: Random Autobiography

This is a versatile and engaging strategy – also great for a portfolio:  write it now and evaluate it at the end of the school year. It can be done several ways. One method is to just begin writing – maybe time it – and get everything down you want to write.  Here is a […]

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.

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: The Happy Secret to Better Work

Like all TED talks, this one is inspiring, and funny!  For those of you with older students, worth sharing it with them and then discussing.

Weekly Tribes 2019 – 2020: Classroom Management Techniques that Work

Here are two easy to remember techniques to live by in your classroom or AfterSchool setting when managing behavior.  These words of wisdom come from Laura Stern, Associate Director of Quality and Innovation at Clayton Youth Enrichment in Texas. https://claytonyouth.org   1.)  What you permit, you promote. and Redos, Choices, Compromises, Consequences In Laura’s own words: […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: What’s in Your Wallet for Academic Content

This excellent idea comes from Cindy, a teacher in B.C. Canada: Using the basis of “what’s in your wallet”, I would use this strategy when doing Literature Circles. I could change the title to “Character Wallets”: If you found a wallet, what would be in it? This would, of course, depend on whose wallet it […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: Everyday Circles

This is a project that Tribes Learning Communities, Peace Learning Center, and HEART came together to create…and now it is ready for you to put to use in your classroom! You can check it out here:  www.tribes.com/everydaycircles/ Hit the ‘buy the cards’ button and you can see an explanatory video.  For 27 cents a day, […]

Weekly Tribes 2019-2020: That Is Me!

Time to build inclusion with a twist on “That’s Me”.  I learned this from Shireen at the first ever After School and Youth Development TOT (Training of Trainers) at Alternatives Inc. Alternatives Inc., founded in 1973, is a nationally recognized youth development nonprofit whose vision is, “Healthy, principled, and creative young people valued as members […]

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 […]