Friday, September 19, 2008
Last Friday, the 12th, I introduced the TRIBES curriculum to the students. This has proved to be an effective way to empower students and to allow them to become better communicators and friends. We will be doing some activities every week or so that will challenge each tribal “family” to work together, compromise, and express their natural empathy and kindness.
Four caring Agreements are used:
Listen with the heart as well as head.
Express appreciation/no put-downs
Mutual respect (for others, the school and environment)
The right to pass within a peer group
Today, the tribes completed their first assignment. They had to work within their tribe to come up with a name, and to design their tribal banner. I will be sure to post some photos soon!
You should be very proud of your children. Compromise and listening to others is not an easy task no matter what your age. I’ve heard some inspiring conversations and am excited about setting some interesting challenges. Be sure to ask your child about TRIBES.