Put students into partners quickly with this partner system. Take 5 minutes to have students fill this out and then have then hold onto it for times it is needed.
Students are not allowed to duplicate any partners! You can also say that you students must have an equal number of boy/girl partners to ensure that students are mixing it up a little!
I suggest going house by house. Give them 1 minute to find their Gryffindor partner and then have them write each others' names in the Gryffindor box. Then move on to the next house and so on. If you have absent students, put their name on the paper and act as that student. If you have more than one absent student, put their names on the papers and tape them to the board. Make sure students don't forget about the absent members of the class!
A box is put around it for those of you who use Interactive notebooks! It can easily be cut out and added to your ISN!