Classroom Management

Learn Student Names Quickly with Name Tents

When you see hundreds of students in a week, have a new roster every 7 weeks, or are brand new to a school, the process of learning student names can take months, and might, I dare to say, even take the whole year.

Instead of using my cop-out trick, calling on students using terms like “Yes Dear” or “Friend” as I learn their names, try using their real names from the very start with the simple addition of putting up name tents. I will explain this brilliant method I snatched from a colleague in this video.

Using students’ names as soon as possible will help build respect and the classroom community you are looking for. Looking for more ways to learn student names quickly? Check out this article.

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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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