I often struggle with pairing students at the beginning of the school year. I've tried clock buddies, random pairings, and shoulder buddies, but it was never as successful as I wanted for my high school students. This student partner sheet is great for the first day of school. The students fill out their answers and then the students have 2 minutes to find one student for each of the categories (a different student for each). Then, for 1st quarter, when the students need a small group partner, I ask the students to pair with their super hero buddy, color buddy, season buddy, or cereal buddy. Honestly, any topic will suffice.