Ways of learning your students’ names
Knowing and using students’ names helps to create a less formal atmosphere in class and shows that you are interested in your students as individuals. Learning their names helps to reduce feelings of anonymity and isolation amongst your students.
- Annotate your registers to prompt/remind you
- Use seating charts
- Use student ID photos
- Learn the names in instalments, a few at a time
- Ask students to write something about themselves to help you to get to know them better
- Ask students to introduce each other to the class
- Use mnemonics
And, very importantly, as you learn the names, make sure you use them often. If you don’t use them, you will lose them!