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Interesting Ways * to Get to Know Your New Class
Know Your Students’ Names
Remember how you felt when you were a student and a teacher did
not know your name or mispronounced it…
I can vividly remember being
upset after one teacher kept calling me by my brother’s name every time she
I really appreciated when a teacher quickly learned my name.
Mispronouncing Students' Names: A Slight That Can Cut Deep - Education Week
Photograph by Cybrary Man
Practice the names beforehand when you get class lists
When you get
class lists start going over the names and if possible talk with previous
teachers to get proper pronunciation of students’ names.
Use Name Cards
I made name cards by folding over large index
cards. I printed the students’ names in dark magic marker on the front facing
me. (At the end of each class have students collect them in order. It would be
wise on the inside of each card to number them. )
Fill in the seating chart and start calling on
students. Once the student gives you the correct pronunciation write their name
phonetically if necessary on your seating chart. While students are engaged in
activities silently start memorizing their names.
If you are going to be with your students for extended
periods of time have them wear name tags with their names written boldly on
Student Name Introduction Exercise
Have student in first seat of
first row (or first table) stand up and say their name. The person behind
him/her (or next to him/her) would then stand up and name the previous student
and then give his/her name. Have students do this only for their row or table
and then go on to the next group.
To get to know your students and help learn
their names have them write a short biography. You can then associate things
about them and form word associations to remember their names.
You would have to clear this project with the
administration of your school. Once you have the pictures you can make a
pictorial seating plan, place them on the name cards or on individual index
cards (your very own flashcards!) with their names and pictures on them.
Individual Greeting for Each Student as They Enter Your Classroom
As students enter
the room greet them by using saying Good morning (or afternoon) and saying their
given name. This personalized greeting can make their day and enable you to
remember their names.
How To Remember Names
Pay attention when someone gives you their name.
Repeat the name to
yourself as soon as you hear it.
Write the name down a few times while
picturing the person.
Connect the name to a word, hobby, job, sport or
something else that you will remember.
Use Mnemonic Devices
RT @TRockR: @cybraryman1 I match new class list with yearbook to put a face with
Students are blown away when I greet them by name at Open House.
Random Name / Word Picker
Flash Random Name Generator