How do I remember names?
- Read through your class roster several times before the first day of class.
Roll the names over in your head, so they will sound familiar when you meet
- Play a Name Game
The first student introduces him/herself. The second student introduces him/herself
and the first student. The third student introduces him/herself, the second
student and the first student. Go through the entire class, and you
go last. Throughout this process you must:
- keep a smile on your face so people don't get upset when they miss
- clarify any mispronounced names: "Good job, Jon, but it's Georgeanne,
- you will need to do a quick round of introductions on day two to refresh
- When you learn a new name, take a moment to think up a vivid story or phrase
to go with it. This is a very effective technique recommended by many people.
To remember Mike Jones, think of a microphone in Davey Jones' locker.
- Give lots of short assignments, so you'll get plenty of practice handing
them back and thereby associating names with faces.
- Ask students to say their names before asking or answering a question. This
gives you and other classmates a chance to work on learning names.
- Ask students to bring a picture of themselves to class. Any reasonable resemblance
will do. Practice with pictures like flashcards.
- Have students keep a class journal. These are not necessarily the kind of
journals that contain a lot of personal information. Consider them a log which
tracks the student's progress in the class. Reserve five minutes at the end
of class for a journal entry, and have the students turn their journals in
weekly. This way you can practice names and track the students' progress.
- Use a seating chart. This can be temporary until you learn names.
Try this for remembering students' names in large classes.