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    Reading Buddies
    By marie

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    If you want to have some variety with your reading partners (or partners for other subjects too) try "clock appointments."

    On a clock face, draw lines pointing to the numbers you want to use. (I draw lines pointing to the 12, 3, 6, and 9 so I have four appointments.)

    Then I use a class list to match up my students with 4 sets of buddies. (I actually make up 3 sets and let them choose their 4th buddy.) I tailor the different sets of buddies for different subjects: 12:00 is geared for reading, 3:00 is for writing, 6:00 is for math, and 9:00 is their choice buddy.

    Each student receives a clock with their 4 buddies' names written on the lines. They keep the clock appointments page in their binders.

    When I want them to partner up, I just say, "Today please meet with your 6:00 clock appointment," and they know immediately who to work with. (Students who don't have an appointment for that time or whose appointment is absent, come to me so I can re-partner them for the day.)

    This is kind of hard to explain, and it does take a while to set up, but once you've done it, the rest of the year is a breeze! I just mark on my class list the dates I use each appointment so they are evenly used. (Of course, they love the 9:00 appointment best!)

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