Interviewer: My strategy for putting pairs together is I look at what the task is, and what I want the kids to accomplish. I look at personalities, which kids will get along, which kids need a little support, which kids need less support.
How many did you have? You had 75. All right, so now we want to figure out how many more I need to get to 100 right?
I expect it to pay off because students have been paired in a way that will make them successful. They’re paired with someone who can support them or they’re paired with someone who’s at their level, so there isn’t a super high kid with a super low kid where the—you know the kid who’s more able is bossing the other kid around.
The personality things, you know you have to think about which kids get along, which kids don’t, which kids are natural leaders. If you put two natural leaders together sometimes there is butting heads of that.
In some cases I’ll let them pick their own partners. It kind of depends on what I’m trying to get out of that day. Sometimes I’ll let them pick their own partners because sometimes kids choose to work with other kids that you wouldn’t pair them with, and out of that comes some amazing conversations that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Putting them together specifically in a way that allows them to kind of bring out their strengths, I really think allows the lesson and goes smoothly. I think pre-thinking that really does help.