Dotty Andragogy

The amusing musings of an adult educator in the corporate training world.

Say my name, say my name

on October 27, 2014

So it looks like Destiny’s Child isn’t the only one to point out the importance of saying others’ names; using students’ names is an important way for us to connect with them. I think most teachers know this as common sense, but I like how the instructor in this video explains why it’s important.

Knowing our students names is the first step to establishing a positive relationship with them. It makes learners feel more comfortable in a room full of strangers, which in turn opens them up to talk and share ideas. Our efforts to remember their names helps to build rapport with our students, and generates respect for us. Something I had not thought about before is that hearing their names in class creates a sense of identity for our students, as learners.

So, how to remember student names? Name tent cards are my favourite because that helps students to remember each others’ names as well as for me.

I really REALLY want these reusable dry erase name tent cards. Santa?

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