The Name Game

Some student names are more easily remembered than others. Most teachers have a few tricks up their sleeves for quickly learning student names. Some use association tricks such as “curly-haired Christy,” “glasses for Glenn,” and “Brian with a buzzcut.” These work well for remembering some student names, but not all. Desk tags are great too. I ran across the idea of displaying super-size cutouts of the first letters in your students’ names and then programming the cutouts with student names and photos (or self-portraits) as shown. (Get DETAILS here.) I thought this was nifty because the cutouts are helpful to both the teacher and students.

How do you quickly learn the names of your students?

Or maybe you have a special teacher gene that just makes this happen?

Always curious,


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