Learning a large number of students’ names at the beginning of the school year is such a challenge.
The Importance of Learning Names:**
– Discuss the challenge of learning names, especially without the advantage of virtual labels.
– Highlight the significance of knowing students’ names:
1. Making students feel valued and important.
2. Enhancing behavior management through personal connection.
3. Building a positive classroom culture that fosters learning and engagement.
Strategies for Learning Names:
– **Practice Makes Perfect:**
– Call students by name whenever possible.
– Let students about your learning process.
– **Creating Name Tags:**
– Have students create their own name tags.
– You’ll get detailed instructions for name tag creation and rules.
– Discuss storage solutions for managing the name tags.
Fun Name Games:**
I’ll introduce some of my favorite name games in detail and mention a few others.
– **Jump In, Jump Out:** Ideal for 3rd to 5th graders; the chant and movement make it memorable.
– **I Can Keep the Beat:** Suitable for younger students, involves rhythm and repetition.
– **The Name Game:** A playful and silly way to learn names as a group.
– **Za Cody Cody:** Perfect for 2nd to 5th graders, encourages rhythmic coordination.
– **We’re Goin’ Downtown:** Fun for PreK to 1st graders, a singing and movement activity.
– **Easy Name Game Competition:** Competitively practice saying names quickly.
– **Up the Ladder:** Works for all grades, involves repetition of names.
– **Name Game with Actions:** Engages 4th and 5th graders with personalized movements.
– **Johnny Plays the Drum Beat:** Incorporates instruments and rhythm for younger students.
– **Name, Name, What’s Your Name:** Features rhythmic phrases for name learning.
– **Yes! Name Game:** Offers movement-based learning for older students.
What we talked about:
My blog post with more details about how to learn names
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