Like our sub Geo says, “Names can be tough. Four periods, each class. Each period has 20 to 30 students. Well over a 100 students. So learning their names, asking about themselves is key.”
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Getting to know your students is a sub tip that will always help you connect with your students. It not only helps you remember names, but shows that you care!
But here are 7 more strategies for memorizing 100+ names really quickly.
Source: Emily’s World
Ask students to write their names in large letters on both sides of a folded paper and to keep this card on their desks for you to spot.
Consider asking them to write 3 fun facts about themselves on the back of their name tent for their neighbors and you to see.
When you meet the class for the first time, hand out index cards to each student. Then, ask students to draw a horizontal and vertical line to divide the card into four sections.
Post an example card on the board and ask them to fill out these sections of the index card:
After collecting the cards, use them to call on students randomly, review them quietly, and challenge yourself to recall their names. This tip comes from teacher and author Roxanna Elden.
When checking for attendance, spend a few extra seconds for each student to identify his or her most 1-2 outstanding physical features or other noticeable traits.
Be sure to include ways of pronouncing names that are unfamiliar to you.
Use the time just before and after class to learn 5-10 names per class.
Or prioritize talking to a different group of five students each day you’re in that class assignment. Try asking them:
This helps you build relationships with students quickly. It shows you are interested in them as people!
Create connections between a student’s name and something unique about them. This could be a physical feature or a quality about them.
Even better if you can make it rhyme (e.g. Fred hates banana bread) or make the first letter match their first name (e.g. Lisa likes Lychee).
If your students are a bit shy or resistant to chatting, try assigning short personal writing prompts. Then practice names (”Well done, Sasha”) as they return papers.
You’ll learn so much about your students–how they think and how they would respond to hypothetical situations.
Get to know your kids by knowing their names! They’ll begin to trust you.
You’ll also get good practice at pronouncing everyone’s names–especially difficult ones!
You can use these tricks to make it easier and faster to learn names. But remember, it’s ok if it doesn’t happen on the first day. In any case, just try your best and impress the kids if you can.
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