A blog post by an online student~

There are countless children’s books that affirm and explain and apply the agreements and collaborative skills so important to the Tribes TLC (Tribes) process.  But what about the developmental process that underlies and defines Tribes…

A student in the most recent online course, based on “What Is It About Tribes” made this connection:

Using my favorite book to explain my understanding about the Tribes TLC process was easier than I thought it would be. I used the book “The Little Prince” that I have read a few times, and love, to compare with some parts of the book “What Is It About Tribes” chapter 4- Responsive Education.

The first thing I did was read chapter 4 of “What Is It About Tribes” and highlight the parts I thought were more meaningful. After, I used quotes of the “The Little Prince” that could be interpreted the same way as the parts from Tribes. Finally, I wrote my own thoughts about both parts. Here is an example.

 “Feeling safe, listened to, and respected were linked to positive student outcomes”
(What Is It About Tribes, page 175)


It would have been better to come back at the same hour,” said the fox. “If, for example, you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you… One must observe the proper rites…

 Excerpt From: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince.”

When children feel safe, they feel secure to participate, to share opinions, to be open to others opinion. It creates a better learning environment.