Tribes Learning Community
What is Tribes?
Tribes Community Circle
‘Tribes’ is not a program or a curriculum. Tribes TLC® is a process, a step-by-step sequence of strategies to achieve specific learning goals. The Tribes Learning Community process is founded on four guiding principles:
- Mutual Respect
- Attentive Listening
- Appreciations/No Put Downs
- The Right to Pass
At Wagaman School we have added
- Personal Best
Tribes TLC® is designed to build inclusion and develop cooperative skills in students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community. It blends the fields of group processing and cooperative learning; prevention and resiliency; learning theory and school change into a comprehensive, meaningful whole.
The Tribes TLC® process fosters a sense of belonging, which we believe is vital to a student's ability to feel safe, respected, and willing to take risks that are a part of learning. Students who feel part of a community, who value and respect each other, and their teachers, learn well. It's that simple.
Tribes TLC® is a researched based process. More than 1,000 studies on the benefits of cooperative learning support the use of small group methods. Reports from schools using Tribes TLC® show at least 75% reduction in behaviour problems, dramatic decline in school violence, and increases in academic achievement.
Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups called tribes. The focus is on how to:
- help each other work on tasks
- set goals and solve problems
- monitor and assess progress
- celebrate achievements
The learning of academic material and self-responsible behaviour is assured because teachers use methods based upon brain-compatible learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning and social development research.
At Wagaman school, the Principal, the Assistant Principal, the ESL and Resource teachers, 10 classroom teachers, 3 student support personnel and the School Council chairperson have completed the 4 day Basic Tribes Training. It is part of our school Accountability Performance Improvement Framework that all staff will be Tribes trained.