TRIBES Learning Communities

Module 1: Finding Our Way to the Future

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Community Inclusion

1. My Path to Tribes

2. State your name/what you hope to gain from participating in this training.

3. One word to describe Tribes, "popcorn" style.

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JOURNAL Question #1

What are some of my feelings, right now, at the beginning of this course?

The Tribes Agreements

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Tribes book, page 68

Partner Introduction

Tribes book, page 305

The activity alone is not enough. Essential to the process of Tribes is reflecting on what is or has happened during each strategy or interaction.

Tribes book, p. 74 "Reflection"

Read the paragraph about the Pelican named "Reflection."

Reflection Questions

  1. Content: What or who was the content (the focus, the subject) of this learning experience? What commonalities did you discover?
  2. Collaborative: How was this strategy structured to make it safe, to help build a positive environment for learning? How could this strategy be helpful with your students?

A New Pattern of Interaction


Turn to two people near you and after saying who you are, describe what you notice about the difference in interaction between the first two strategies, sharing in the community circle and "Partner Introduction."

How would you describe the dynamic, the information, the flow, the pattern?

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Reflection Questions

  1. Content: How does sitting in a community circle change the dynamics between teachers and students, and students to each other?
  2. Collaborative: How is just this one change symbolic for school restructuring and management? What advantages does it have?



One Ball Pass (a variation on Three Ball Pass, p. 383)

Energizers are strategies for renewing or expending energy, introducing a change in pace or topic, reaching kinesthetic learners, and having fun in the learning community.

See Tribes book, p. 197-198.

Why and How the Tribes Process Builds a Learning Community

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Tribes book, p. 71

Why a New Way of Learning is Needed in Schools

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Community Inclusion

Milling to Music

Each time the music stops, each person has 1 minute to talk.

Please be mindful of the time so each partner has time to share.


  1. Where did your family live when you were ten years old? Briefly describe the setting to your milling partner.
  2. What goals or dreams did you have when you were a teenager?
  3. Was there a significant adult in your life who challenged, encouraged and gave you the message they cared about you? If so, describe the supportive person to your partner.

Learning About Resiliency

Interview with Ann Masten: Resiliency in Children Studies Part 1
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Tribes book, p. 10-11

The importance of resiliency in our lives is why the Mission and Goal of Tribes is essential, and needs to be the focus of education.

Reflection Questions

  1. Content: What was the most important thing you learned?
  2. Personal: What impact, if any, will the concept of resiliency have upon you or others you care about?


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How the Tribes TLC Changes the Pattern

Get a Partner

Pair up with someone who has shoes similar to yours.

From what you have experienced of the Tribes process so far, what will students experience in this new pattern of interaction? What will it be like for teachers?

Share Back "Popcorn" Style to the Group

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The Essential Elements of the Tribes TLC Process

Purpose: Tribes Mission & Goals

Process: Stages of Group Development

Structure: Community (large and small groups--tribes)

Practice: Collaborative Skills and Agreements

Community Circle: Reflection Questions

  • My biggest surprise.....
  • The most important learning or experience for me was.....
  • Now I know why......