Just checked out my class rosters, and in addition to my three classes of returning students, I have 72 new faces that will walk through my door next Wednesday. I posted this in my first day lesson plans, but I want to make sure you all catch it because it has helped me immensely!!
Have each of your new students write their names–in BIG, LEGIBLE LETTERS–on this Name card. Before class lets out, have students stand in short line-ups of two, three, or four students and flash a smile (or not) while holding up their name cards. Put the pics on your computer (or keep them on your phone) and study their names and faces until you have them. Every year that I’ve used this strategy, I have learned all of my students’ names by day 3. There is no better way for you to instantly connect with your students and make them feel welcome in your classroom.
But you have to study. Do your homework!!