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Learning Names

Found in: back to school; learning students names; seating assignments

I photocopy my seating charts onto transparencies and put colored paper behind them, using a different colored paper for each class. The charts are magnetized and I leave them up on the blackboard all year for the students to see. I write the students' names on Post-it notes and place them on the charts so that I can easily change them if their assigned seats don't work out. I make a copy of the seating chart and staple it to a matching colored folder so that the names of the students are facing me. I use this to take roll and call each student by name from the very first day. This system allows me to learn up to 150 names in a week!


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Classroom Management

Getting to Know Each Other

By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Aids and activities to help teachers learn student names and to help students learn their classmates’ names in the busy first days of school.