TRIBES Learning Communities
Module 1: Finding Our Way to the Future
MODULE 1 OBJECTIVES
2. State your name/what you hope to gain from participating in this training.
3. One word to describe Tribes, "popcorn" style.
The Tribes Agreements
Tribes book, page 68
Tribes book, page 305
Tribes book, p. 74 "Reflection"
- Content: What or who was the content (the focus, the subject) of this learning experience? What commonalities did you discover?
- 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
How would you describe the dynamic, the information, the flow, the pattern?
- Content: How does sitting in a community circle change the dynamics between teachers and students, and students to each other?
- Collaborative: How is just this one change symbolic for school restructuring and management? What advantages does it have?
Aside from reflection, statements of appreciation are applied throughout the Tribes process.
Expressing appreciations make the most noticeable difference in creating a positive social climate in your classroom or school.
Thank your partners for sharing and introducing them to the community.
Why and How the Tribes Process Builds a Learning Community
Tribes book, p. 71
Why a New Way of Learning is Needed in Schools
Milling to Music
Please be mindful of the time so each partner has time to share.
- Where did your family live when you were ten years old? Briefly describe the setting to your milling partner.
- What goals or dreams did you have when you were a teenager?
- 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
Tribes book, p. 10-11
- Content: What was the most important thing you learned?
- Personal: What impact, if any, will the concept of resiliency have upon you or others you care about?
How the Tribes TLC Changes the Pattern
The Essential Elements of the Tribes TLC Process
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......