This week I'm sharing about something that has really saved me lots of time in the classroom...Clock Buddies.
The concept is pretty simple. Students are given a clock template. They walk around and "schedule" a classmate for each hour that they both have open on their clocks. (If a classmate is already scheduled at that time, you have to move on to someone else.)
Then when it is time to work with a partner, I will say something like "Please work with your 3:00 partner" and change it up every time.
This avoids students always working with the same person when they work in partners and gives everyone a chance to get to know each other. I also specifically gave the direction that half of your buddies had to be girls and half had to be boys to avoid the problem of always wanting to work only with your besties. :)
I found this template online and you can grab one for yourself here.
I love Clock Buddies! They save time, energy, and hurt feelings! :)
Head on over to Fourth Grade Flipper to see what else everyone has tried this week!