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Re: remember all those name

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Heyjude5270_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Mar 02 2001 - 16:22:51 PST


I can relate to your problem with trying to remember all those names! This
is my first year teaching art, also. I was teaching second grade prior to
this and I thought learning 30 names was tough! I teach K-8 and there are
over 500 students. Unfortunately, the students that give me the hardest time
are the names I learned first. There are a few things I've done to help my
memory because I do think it's very important that I develop a rapport with
the kids. First, I do take attendance each class. At the beginning of the
year, I would call each name and ask them to raise their hand. I now call on
one student in each class to tell me who's out that day. Next year, I plan to
get a small photo of each student (maybe those "practice" rolls of photos
they use for yearbook) and stick them on the seating chart along with their
names. Another thing that has helped me is I help students pass out their
work. While the class begins their "warm-up" activity of sketching or reading
or whatever, I select a few students to help distribute in-progress work, but
I always pass some back also. I also do an "on-task" check every now and
then. When students have settled into working, I will take a roster and check
to see if they are working or not. Students who are on task receive a plus
sign for the day, students not on task at the moment I check receive a minus.
This has helped me with names and also is a good reference come report card
time when conduct and effort grades are sent home. I still don't have all the
quiet kids' names memorized, but I'm getting there. Good luck. I hope I was
of some help.

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