I actually have the name tags that are folded paper that stand up like a tent. Just a 8 1/2 x 11 cut in half and then folded. I write my kinders names and have 1-5 write their own on the first day of class. I color code them for each class, just in case one gets misplaced. I quickly throw out the tags before each class and have my Master Artist pick them up at the end of class.
It may seem like a little extra work, but I always know who is missing from the tags and kids are constantly moving which helps prevent discipline issues in groups and provides opportunities to learn with new people every class period. But the best thing about it is that I am constantly looking at their name tags and matching it to their faces.
Oh, I also give out a prize at on the last class for the name tag that was the best taken care of throughout the year. It was amazing how many kids kept them nice all year.
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:48 AM
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Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] Learning names K-5
Does anyone have a great method for learning (and remembering!) the
students' names? I see the students once a week, have a seating chart (but
never sit still long enough to look at it). Last year, I pretty much gave up
and called a lot of kids "honey" but I much prefer to use their names.