Tribes TLC Unit at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.
In January/February 2017 a group of 28 in-service and pre-service undergraduate and graduate teachers completed the Tribes TLC® 24 Hour Basic Course at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.
What was unique about this Basic Course training was that it was part of an accredited Summer School intensive unit offered to Murdoch University students undertaking initial and continuing teacher education qualifications. Participants included students studying for Education degrees in early childhood, primary, secondary and college/tertiary education. After completing the four-day basic training, participants completed additional readings and two assignments, one a reflection on their Tribes learning experience and the other, a detailed strategy for implementing Tribes in their current or future teaching contexts.
Tribes District Trainer and lecturer in teacher education, Dr Rebecca Saunders designed the units and led the Tribes Basic Training Course. She was thrilled to finally be able to offer the units to students but also as a stand alone professional development training for qualified teachers working in local schools and colleges. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and Rebecca already has a growing wait list of people interested in the 2018 Summer School offering.
Quotes form participants –
“Tribes should be a core unit for everyone studying Education. What we learnt is valuable to any teacher.” Tayla DeCoster (Pre-service teacher).
“Tribes has been very engaging and inspiring. I wish more schools had this and more universities taught it.” (Pre-service teacher).
“The Tribes unit has been the best unit of my university degree. I highly recommend it. It should be a mandatory unit.” Rachel Taua (Pre-service teacher).
“I found the Tribes TLC Course to be highly engaging and beneficial for my professional development as a pre-service teacher. Tribes has equipped me with a vast array of practical skills and strategies I can implement in my professional placements and future classroom.” Alison Morris (Pre-service teacher).
“I have had an amazing eye-opening experience during the Tribes course. I’ve now have an idea of how I want my classroom to run and I have the tools to make it happen.” Leah Dreaden (Pre-service teacher).
“Tribes takes group work to the next level. The course gives teachers and educators practical skills to create cooperative, collaborative classrooms where students feel valued and included. This kind of course is so important.” Zoe Kissane (Pre-service teacher).