Reflection: Coaching and Mentoring Perimeter Introduction and Exploration - Section 4: Wrapping It Up


I am a nationally certified Tribes trainer, Career Ladder Tribes facilitator, and co-chair of our school's Tribes Committee.  Jeanne Gibbs developed the Tribes process 40 years ago and describes it best in her book Reaching all by Creating Tribes Learning Communities.

Tribes is a democratic group process, not just a curriculum or set of cooperative activities.  A 'process' is a sequence of events that lead to the achievement of an outcome.  The outcome of the Tribes process is to develop a positive environment that promotes human growth and learning.

The fourth step in the Tribes TLC Learning Experience plan is asking reflection questions about the students learning - content, collaborative and personal. 

Three years ago I made sure I included reflection in every lesson by putting a poster that said content, collaborative and personal next to my SmartBoard.  Now I use a picture of a pelican, hung next to the clock in the back of the room, a stuffed pelican (toy) by my computer, and a flying model of a pelican next to my SmartBoard. The best part is all of these items were given to me by my Tribes colleagues. 

Reflection the pelican is a creation of Jeanne Gibbs.  She writes:

Invite the pelican that soars over the Tribes Trail to be your constant companion.  Her name is Reflection.  She will tell you, rather immodestly, that she makes the Tribes process work well anywhere.... Reflection knows that if you watch from the bird's eye view, classroom management goes more smoothly.  Reflection is a wise bird who can describe just what she saw or heard while people worked together.... reflection clears up confusion and helps everyone soar to greater heights. 

Just in writing this right now I am once again revising my use of reflection because I realize I am getting really good about asking the content question, but need to focus on the two behavior questions again. 

  The Pelican Named Reflection
  Coaching and Mentoring: The Pelican Named Reflection
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Perimeter Introduction and Exploration

Unit 4: Measurement
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: The students will be able to see that volume adds layers or depth to the shape , using perimeter and area review introduce the concept.

Big Idea: When dimensions change the perimeter, and area, can remain the same!

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