the ASK: I wondered how else I could get students in pairs without numbering them off. (I also wondered how to get my sleepy 7:45 am students up and moving a bit more.)

the TRY: I created a “deck” of famous pairs and then randomly distributed them among the class and students then walked around to find the other half of their pair and discover their learning partner for the day.

the LEARN: It takes a few extra minutes to have them walk around and figure out who their other half is, but at least they had to start getting their brains warmed up. Now I’m thinking about other decks…the metaphor & it’s meaning deck, the vocabulary word and its synonym or antonym deck, etc…


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