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Tips for Learning Students Names

Knowing students’ names helps to establish less formal and more comfortable atmosphere in class and shows the interest in your students as individuals. It can help to reduce the feeling of isolation and anonymity that many students experience. Useful ideas for teachers:

Use Name Tents

Ask students to write their names in large letters on a card and keep it in the desk for the first several classes.


Annotate Your Class Roster

When you meet your class for the first time, take a few seconds for each student to identify her or his most outstanding features. Always pronounce the names that are unfamiliar to you.

Use a Seating Chart for the First 3 Classes

Ask your students to sit in the same place for the several classes for you to learn their names more quickly.
Use photos

Ask students to bring a photocopy of their driver’s license or student ID photo that you can attach to roster or seating chart.

Learn a Few Names at a Time

Use the time before and after class to learn 5-10 names. You can also invite students to your office in small groups to find out more about them except for their names. Both approaches show that you are interested in individual students.


Ask Students to Introduce Each Other to the Class

Give students 3-4 minutes in pairs to interview each other and discover something no one can forget. Go around the room and ask students to introduce each other, giving about 1 minute per pair.
Use Mnemonics

Associate a person’s name with a physical feature. Often you can relate the name to something more meaningful and concrete with visual images. For instance, a tall, thin student named Creighton Rosental can be seen carrying a big crate of roses on his head.



Being a good teacher is a hard work, helping children requires many efforts and skills. Ideas for teachers mentioned above will help to create positive atmosphere in the classroom.