During group or partner work, have students ensure everyone around them has a partner to reduce the burden on students who don’t know anyone.


  • Ask students to look around them to see if there is anyone who doesn’t have a partner.
  • This will often require students who are sitting alone to move seats.
  • Walk around the classroom and point out “it looks like someone near you doesn’t have a partner could you two ask them if they want to join your group?”


  • This avoids awkwardness for a student who doesn’t know anyone to ask to be included in a group.
  • More members of the classroom become partners in creating a welcoming classroom atmosphere.