“Get with a partner and …” I’m pretty sure that most students don’t listen to instructions after these words are said because 1) they’re so excited to work with a friend of theirs, or 2) they’re terrified because they’re shy and don’t want to work with someone else.
This year, I decided that I was going to end some of the madness and chaos that is choosing a partner. I know that the shy kids won’t get over being shy because of it, but I’m thinking that it’s going to be a good step in the right direction.
You may have seen these floating around before, where students pick a partner to be their “Rouge” partner or their “Paris” partner. I went with cities so that I could work in culture! So, each students chose a different partner for each city on my list, and now I can say “trouve ton partenaire de Nantes!” and kids can group accordingly. I also got to talk about each city a little bit. I included telephone number on the two biggest cities in case students want to text each other if they missed school, or want to study/are confused about something.
I’ve included the document that I made, though I approximated the exact location of the cities myself. Also, I played around with who students could partner with. I ended up with something like this:
Paris: choose someone you know well
Lyon: choose another person you know well
Marseille: choose a student you’ve never worked with before
Bordeaux: make a boy/girl pairing (to the best of your ability)
Toulouse: a second boy/girl pairing
I haven’t decided about Nantes or Strasbourg, so I’m definitely up to your suggestions!