Know your students' names

October 14, 2015


I try to be sensitive to students’ needs and create the environment where students truly want to come to and to learn. Knowing and using students’ names during and outside class recognizes them important (Sternheimer 2014) and develops a sense of community (Willemsen 1995) and trust in the classroom. Therefore, I learn the names of all my students regardless the size of the class or setting. I use various techniques to achieve this, such as name tents (Kees 2008), seating charts, students interviewing each other in pairs and introducing the partner to the class, association techniques, Visual Class photos, etc.  This has been recognized as an important aspect of student-teacher report building and commended in my teaching observation.


  • Kees, J. (2008) ‘Learning Names’. Learning Names 22

  • Sternheimer, K. (2014) The importance of Knowing Names [online] available from <>
    [2 October 2015]

  • Willemsen, E.W. (1995) ‘So What is the Problem?: Difficulties at the Gate’. Fostering Student Success in Quantitative Gateway Courses 61, 15-21

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