Jennifer, Jessica ... Jamie? There’s nothing worse than reaching for a student’s name six weeks into the year. Here’s how to nail roll call. Seating ChartsYes, this is a no brainer. But the handy tool is your best bet to remember your kiddos’ names instantly. Aim to memorize the back row in theJul 27, 2017
Jennifer, Jessica ... Jamie? There’s nothing worse than reaching for a student’s name six weeks into the year. Here’s how to nail roll call.
- Seating Charts
Yes, this is a no brainer. But the handy tool is your best bet to remember your kiddos’ names instantly. Aim to memorize the back row in the first day, then move up one row for the next day. By the end of the week you’ll be set!
- Classroom Photos
Students of all ages will love a retro Polaroid camera. Take a picture of each student on the first day and have them write their name on the photograph. Keep them at the front of the room in a place where you’ll see them often.
- Objects of Their Affection
My students’ first piece of homework: Bring in a piece of good writing. It can be a book, a magazine article, song lyrics, or even a film. No matter what they bring, learning about their preferences will help you remember them better — and forge connections between you and them, and between classmates. You may even find a student who loves your favorite band or author!
- Name Tents
Ask students to decorate a piece of folded card stock with their name on it. Keep the name cards on their desks for the first few weeks of school. Bonus: It’s a great way to help students remember each other’s names.
- Student Profiles
You’ll guaranteed remember your students’ names more quickly if you learn more about them. Younger kids can fill out easy questionnaires. Older students can interview each other, then write a fun profile about their partner.
- Use Their Names, Every Day
Greet them when they come in the door. Use their name when you ask them a question or when you compliment their answer. Say goodbye, by name. Repetition is the key tool for memorization, and it’ll create a sense of care in the classroom, too.
Stay tuned next week for more back-to-school guides, tips, and tricks.