posted by: aslabbek
This year I have made extra efforts to remembering all of the 120-ish names of Mark’s students. I am managing to do it! I was handing back papers today, walking around the room and personally handing back the graded homework. A few of the students told me ‘how do you know my name?’ or something similar. They were surprised that I both knew and remembered each one.
So, knowing all their names does make a difference. They notice whether you know or not. Last year, I didn’t do so well at this and it showed and those students didn’t respond to me well at times. By knowing their names, I can address each student personally, whether it is helping them, just chatting, or correcting them. I feel I can make a lot bigger difference in these students lives b/c I can make a more personal connection with them.