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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tribes - A New Way of Learning and Being Together

Last week, I introduced the Tribes curriculum. 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 few weeks that will challenge each tribal "family" to work together, compromise, and express their natural empathy and kindness.

So far, the tribes have met and welcomed each other (by completing a big puzzle in which their name was mixed with their fellow members), and decided on a name for their tribe. We are currently working on tribal banners for each tribe - again, with the end result being a combination of ideas and compromises (and, I admit, a few tears and recriminations - all part of the process).

One of the most important aspects of a tribe activity is getting together afterwards to discuss what went well, what didn't go so well, and what could be done better next time. Feelings (both good and bad) are honestly acknowledged.

The Black Tiger Wings

The Detective Club

The Bloody Eyeballs

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.

1 comment:

cmatt said...

As the proud parent of a bloody eyeball, I really love the work you're doing, Susan, on mutual respect and compromise. Thank you!