It was at the beginning of the school year in September 2014. The perfect time for teachers to set rules, routines, and expectations in the classroom. Laura and I were co-planning games where each student is intentionally paired with a ‘buddy’. In this unit, we led the class through a variety of challenges that gave them opportunities to work together in different ways. If you take a careful look to my right, on the floor, are a stack of towels. Each buddy-pair was challenged to hold the towel with their partner while balancing, and sending/receiving a variety of objects without dropping them on the floor. As the students were going through the series of challenges, they were only allowed to communicate with body gestures, visuals, or partially prompting each other with their hands. At one point in the lesson, we decided to pause the activity to highlight some of the ways the students were working together to complete the challenge. Laura captured this photo as I was holding this discussion with the class.