Spotlight on Strategies: Partner Time

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Partner Time

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SOS Big IdeaWhen students have the opportunity to discuss and compare ideas and opinions with a wide variety of their peers, they develop a broader understanding of the world and are more flexible and creative in their problem-solving. This strategy is a simple yet effective way to manage partnerships in your classroom, and ensures students are not always sharing with the same person.

SOS StepsMaterials: clock partners template, writing utensil

1.Provide each student with a copy of the clock partners template.

2.Ensure that each student places their own name in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.

3.Explain to students that they will need to circulate around the room. When they hear you call “time,” they will stop and find a partner.

4.Partners will trade papers and sign their names on the 1 o’clock line. They then return papers to the original owner.

5.Ask students to circulate again. This time when “time” is called they will trade papers, make appointments with their partner in the 2 o’clock slot and then return papers to the original owner.

6.Students will continue the process until all appointment slots on their clocks are full.

SOS Sum It UpBy setting partnerships up ahead of time, you take the management and guesswork out of grouping students, leaving more time to accomplish the academic goals and providing students the opportunity to have choice with whom they work.

SOS More IdeasFor some groups of students it may be overwhelming to identify 12 different partners. Modify the clock to your needs: try having only 4 partnerships: 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock.

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