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I am teaching a community college class in the fall and I am embarrassed to admit that remembering names is not a gift I possess. Currently there are 27 students signed up for the class with a possibility of 44. I know it's not as crucial to learn the names of all my students in a college level class as if I were teaching small children, but I do think it shows some respect for my students and fosters a good learning environment. Does anyone have tips or suggestions how I can make this easier for myself?
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me I give a quiz each week. Before I hand them out, I alphabetize them and walk around as they enter the classroom and personally hand the quizzes back.

Takes a little time, class may start a couple of minutes late, but it helps me learn their names really well.

On 6/29/09, bernoulli wrote: > I have trouble remember names also. Bu...See More
Jul 4, 2009
rw I have this problem. Honestly, I call attendance for weeks to learn names
Jul 8, 2009
SSpil Thanks for the tips. At least I know I'm not alone. I will have lab classes with these students where instruction will allow more personal interaction than lecture. I'm hoping that will help too.

On 7/08/09, rw wrote: > I have this problem. Honestly, I call attendance for weeks to > learn names
Jul 8, 2009
Steve My wife sees 600+ kids a week and knows all their names. I, on the other hand, have trouble with my 300 a week and I see them for 7 years (Band Director). I normally get them by the 2nd year I have them but still occasionally have trouble. I have the most trouble with the quiet students. The loudmouths I can't forget.

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Jul 20, 2009
Nora Go out of your way to get to know your students. The more you can get to know them the better you will do at remembering their names. It helps if you can have them write an Introductory Letter to you and tell them something about themselves and why they are taking the course. You'll then associate the name with the motivations they have.

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Aug 21, 2009


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