Partner Wheel-The most basic way to use these is to write the names of any students you DO NOT want to be working together on the same wheel (he he). To find partners, simply turn the wheels until the names line up. (Would be great for bilingual pairs!!)
Have you heard of bullet lesson planning? It saved my sanity, and now my team and I do plans together, during planning time, during the week...hence, I'm not planning by myself on Sunday night anymore! We actually planned our first week of school during the last week of school last year. How do we do it?