Tribal Wars

Let the competition begin!

The Power of Friendly Competition

The power of friendly competition is amazing. Students who find themselves competing against one another for the sake of being “the best” produces amazing results in the classroom in both academic and behavior performance. Not only do students tend to want to win, but they will put their best foot forward as a means to outshine their peers so they can earn the privilege of being recognized for their achievements.

Tribal Wars: What It Is

Tribal War is a way to direct and, if need be, redirect students to proper behavior and academic performance in the classroom. Students are considered a tribe as a collective body and are then labeled with tribal names of their choosing based on smaller group arrangements. Within the realms of these tribes, students’ academic and behavior performance are monitored on a day-to-day, week-to-week, nine weeks basis.

Why Tribal Wars Work

Tribal War works because it makes everyone get in the game. Once the rules are set and tribal flags are hung, the war sparks the flame of learning to burn in the hearts of all involved.

Benefits to Teachers and Students

This method provides many benefits to both teachers and students. For teachers, it produces the needed push within students to work and behave while doing so. For the students, it creates an inner drive to do the right thing for the sake of themselves and the team because incentives and rewards are involved.

How To Set Up Tribal War

Tribal Wars are fairly simple to set up. Once a teacher has established a set routine and procedure for his class, it is easy to establish tribes. See below for more details.

Tribal Banners

Once tribes are selected and tribes have selected tribal names, individual tribes need to make tribal banners. These banners help everyone to see what tribes are represented in the class and how many badges each tribe has acquired on a weekly basis. Likewise, class tribe banners need to be made. This is usually done by the teacher and serves as an example of the banners should look once they are complete.

Incentives and Rewards

There are several opportunities for students to receive incentives and rewards using this method. Groups can earn rewards based on 1) attendance, 2) tribe members' weekly grade averages, and 3) behavior.

Incentives for Captains

The responsibility of the captains is a great one, and thus, it comes with several incentives for those who are chosen.

Probation for Captains

Maintaining Order Within Tribes

Tribal conferences


Things to Keep In Mind

Tribal Wars is designed to last for an extended period of time. So, groups should be created with long-term goals in mind. Also, Tribal War relies heavily on group collaborations, so the teacher should incorporate several opportunities for students to work with their tribe members throughout the designated times.