20 Ways to Learn Students' Names

Do you struggle to learn your students’ names?  The largest class that I have ever had in Canada was 46 students.  I know in many parts of the world, class sizes are much larger than this. In a few weeks, I will be heading off to Guyana to teach report writing and presentation skills.  There will be 3 different groups with more than 50 per group!  I will definitely need to use some of the techniques below to learn participants' names.


I believe that it is very important to learn students’ names for several reasons.  Think about a time when someone acknowledged you by name, or got your name wrong.  I have been called Patrick or Patricia many times over the years.  I have to say that I do appreciate it when someone gets my name right!

Getting to know the names of our students quickly is important so that we can develop a rapport.  Knowing and using students' names helps to establish a more comfortable, less formal atmosphere in...

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