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Do you ever get tired of asking your students to get into groups and waiting 5 minutes for them clump up? Take a look at some of these suggestions for moving the process along!

Tina Howlett

Tina Howlett has students group with their ‘shoulder buddies’ or ‘elbow partners’.  This means that they may be in groups of 2 or 3 depending on how they’ve sat themselves and it makes it clear that you aren’t wanting them to move around the classroom but rather do a quick huddle with the classmates that are closest!




Abi Moser tries to create varied groups by telling students to group together based on shoe style, shirt color, or other oddments of attire.  This means that students will likely be grouped with students that aren’t right next to them and that they will already have something silly to bond over.  It’s also fun to be able to call on “Group Sneakers” or “Group TankTop” to present!