Remembering Names

Here is an message thread I exchanged with Lee, a probationary teacher . It highlights one idea to help remember all the students' names in your class.

Me: "How was your 1st day, Lee? "

Lee: "Oh, okay. Oh, how do you remember all of their names? "

Me: "It is challenging, but I do know of a great name game - a song that may work for you."

Lee: "PLEASE share with me. There were so many of them and even with their name tags on, I can’t remember them."

Me: "I can do that for you and them too. ;) It goes like this ..."

‘Who’s in our class?

Who’s in our class?

Who’s in our class?

Who’s in our class, today?

Name of pupil is in our class!

Name of pupil is in our class!

Name of pupil is in our class!

There in our class today!

Repeat until you have sung every pupils’ name.

Yeah!

Me: You keep repeating the song until you sing everyone’s name including yours and any other adults that are significant to the pupils’ school day. You may have to jiggle the last few lines to fit in the number of names.

Me: I have the pupils sit in a circle as we sing. I make up name cards ahead of time and as we sing I put the pupils' names down in the middle of the circle. Then I keep the name cards for all kinds of other activities.

Me: "I’ve got 100 & 1 name games!"

Lee: "Wow, I want to sing a song or two with them everyday so this is a nice start. Thanks. "

Me: You’re welcome, Lee. Let me know how it goes.