Tribal Teaching

5 Species of Students

Tribal Teaching thrusts students into an unaccustomed learning environment. Hierarchies are dismantled. Power is decentralized. It is their classroom. They own...

Step into Chaos

The following is a testimonial from one of my former students. In it there are many mentions of La Ceiba...

Get Sh*t Done Diagnostic

There are times when we feel indomitable. We are where, when and how we want to be. We are enough....

Rewilding

For most of us, I think it is fair to say that we are divided individuals. “Who we are” and...

A Day in the Life of a Change-Making Animal

The alarm goes off. We open our eyes. We stare at the ceiling. “Go back to sleep” our demons say....

Dr. Humphrey, Tear Down this Wall!

I had a wall. It separated me from my students. It was constructed out of my understanding of “professional distance”....

Agency

I have trouble articulating Tribal Teaching in traditional pedagogical terms. I do not see it as project-based learning, service-learning or experiential-learning. Although...

The Arena

As we step out of the Honduran heat and into the blue-tinted shade of a tarp-covered classroom, a wave of...

What is the Optimal Size of Your Tribe?

We’re no ordinary class. Other classes have structure and definitive standards regarding what constitutes an A, B, C, D, or...

The Choice

The Choice

Brian and Kevin were my neighborhood friends. They were also my neighborhood tormentors. Childhood relationships were complex on my small...