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Old 08-29-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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Does anyone use clock partners or a similar system for partnering students? I think it sounds great however I donít want the partners to all be random. Wondering if anyone has a strategy or system they use so that some of the partners are determined by you so that youíre able to match kids by ability for different tasks. Iím thinking to fill some out and then have the kids fill the rest in, but I feel like that may take forever. TIA!


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TPT has some partnering matching cards or opposite cards that you could strategically hand out to serve your needs.
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Although somewhat random, you can always make a note of the time partners you don't want to have, say you have difficult pairings at 3 o'clock and 4 o'clock. You make a note of that and make sure that you don't call those time partners very often or only at appropriate times.
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Years ago , I bought a set similar to this at Target Dollar Spot.
https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Reso...94022770&psc=1


Maybe you can make something similar with a color, shape, and number. My colors were same level groupings, numbers were mixed high-low, and shapes were just random.
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I just put the kids names on popsicle sticks. I'll randomly choose 2 sticks and they're partners. If I don't like the match, I repick or I group the sticks ahead of time and call out the groups.

I used to do clock partners but it was more headache then helpful.


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Old 08-30-2019, 09:01 AM
 
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I like your idea of filling some of the partnerships in ahead of time, and then giving them a couple of freebies to fill in themselves.

Do you mean your part would take a long time, or theirs? If yours, I would start with cards on each kid that have the criteria you would be sorting by. Then you can rearrange them easily and just copy it onto the clocks after you get it right.


This thread has some more ideas for choosing partners, too:

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=621718
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I use compass partners. There is a North, South, East, and West partner. I fill in North and South Partners for reading and math partners how I want them partnered. They work together to fill out the east and west partner. It can take awhile, but it is worth it in the end. I post all the compasses on my window so they donít forget their partners.
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I always had a partner group chosen for:
-similar skill levels (ex: reading partners who were at about the same reading level)
-high/low levels (ex: math partners where one partner was high and one medium, or a medium and low together. I always made a class list of high to low, split it, then matched up each half of the list. So paired my highest kid with a medium kid, next highest with the next medium, all the way down to a medium kid with a lower kid)
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That's a really good idea, KatieViolet!
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