So now...how to go about learning your students' names??
I was excited that the techniques I use most made the list too, so I’ll share them here:
14. Association Techniques
Associate any students who have the same name as someone you know to help you remember them. This method of “anchoring” a student with someone else you know can help you establish a system for remembering other students. For example, if you know who Leah is because she looks like your neighbor, you can learn that “the person who usually sits next to Leah is…” and so on.
When calling roll, annotate the class list and take note of any memorable features beside the student’s name. For example, “Stacy has curly blonde hair.” Additionally, using the above association technique can be useful here.
I will also make an effort to show them I am trying to learn their names by repeating them often when I address them in class. It’s okay to say “remind me of your name again…” if you happen to forget. Feel free to share any tried and true name-learning tips that you have!