I like to do a lot of group and partner work in my classroom. I struggled last year because I found that if I let the students choose their own group/partner, they chose the same ones every time and there were always a few students without anyone. If I chose the groups, many would complain about their group, which would embarrass the students that nobody wanted to work with. I also had complaints because the boys never wanted to work with a girl and vice versa. We would have many discussions on how that is rude and disrespectful and the importance of learning to work with everyone. I still had a hard time. Does anyone have any suggestions on pairing students up?