At our recent Curriculum Night, I briefly described the Tribes program. This is one of the tools I use to help build inclusion, kindness, and positivity in our classroom. Over the years, I’ve come to depend on this program to help me to help children learn the very important skills of cooperation and compromise. Children feel appreciated and respected.
Four agreements are honored:
▪ attentive listening
▪ appreciation/no put downs
▪ mutual respect, and
▪ the right to pass
I set up most Tribes meetings so that the focus is on helping each other work on doing a specific task, set goals, solve problems and celebrate achievements.
Today was our first meeting, and the children discovered who were in their Tribes “family”. Each child received a puzzle piece with their name on it. They circulated through the room trying to find all of their missing pieces. We ended up with 4 different tribes with 4 children in each.
Their task today was to come up with tribal names that each member would agree to. So it is now my great pleasure to introduce to you:
The Great School Called Summers-Knoll Club
The Sparkly Rainbow Hockey Pucks
The Rainbow Caterpillars