Before taking this course, I believed that Tribes was a separate entity within the classroom setting, but the more I learned and read, the more I understood that Tribes simply blends in well with the ideas of how we should teach in today’s society.
I teach in all kinds of classrooms. I need to ensure that I meet my students’ needs, interests, and abilities. In doing so, I need to differentiate instruction, empower my students to participate in a learning community, and call forth individual diversity, potential and strength.
This course also helped me to realize that Tribes and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) bear a close relationship. The following SEL competencies are activated in a Tribes classroom:
- Self-awareness – students and staff not only learn from each other, but learn more about themselves and their learning styles, needs, interests, and what they bring to the classroom
- Social awareness – allow students and staff to develop a understanding for each other which results in caring for one another
- Self management – students learn about themselves and one another, understand each other’s differences, and accept each other for who they are and what they bring to the classroom
- Responsible Decision-Making – students and staff make positive decisions and problem solve together to ensure that the community remains a safe and caring one
- Relationship Skills – are essential in creating a learning community
Now that I know the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of Tribes, I look forward to taking a 24-hour hands-on training for the ‘how’.