This month's message is taken from Tip 12 of Ready Set Teach! 101 Tips for Classroom Success. Enjoy!
12. Learning Names Is a Priority
Students should be aware from Day One that their names are important to you. Not only does this show that you care about each and every student, but it also creates more positive interactions and helps lessons flow smoothly. Some teachers have a knack for committing names to memory; for the rest of us here are some helpful suggestions:
Avoid using nicknames such as “Mouse” for quiet students. Use of a student’s actual name conveys respect and helps to maintain your professionalism (see Tip 34). Many students prefer teachers to use a less formal version of their name. For example, use “Rick” or “Ricky” instead of “Richard” and there is no harm in doing that.