One of our Social and Emotional Learning pillars at Boulder Primary School is Tribes . Tribes is a process that fosters the development of collaborative and academic skills by creating a caring environment and delivering curriculum content in an active and student centred manner. This is achieved by learning specific collaborative skills, and to reflect both on the interaction and the learning that is taking place with the classroom and community. The purpose of Tribes is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
The key elements of the Tribes process are-
- The explicit teaching of the five agreements: Attentive Listening, Right to Pass, Mutual Respect, Appreciations and Personal Best.
- The three stages of the collaborative process and moving throughout the trail over the course of the year,
- The twelve collaborative skills
- Incorporating the use of Reflection opportunities into every lesson
The Tribes process is used in many parts of the world to enhance learning and social development. We are already seeing the positive effects of Tribes across our whole school. Creating a positive school and classroom environment is the most effective way to enhance behaviour, learning and self-concept.