A good way to pair up your students is by using Clock Partners!
There are many variations on how to use this, but the way I use it in my classroom is like this...
--Each student has a "Clock Partners Card" - I usually print on card stock for durability.
--I choose 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00 partners. 12:00 (Same Ability-Level), 3:00 (Similar Interests), 6:00 (Peer-Mentoring).
--I will then allow students to choose their 9:00 partner and write the name on the line.
When students are going to be paired up, I will group them based on the clock time appropriate. For instance, if I would like them to be working at their ability level, I will direct them to work with 12:00 partners, etc.
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