How Can I Learn Student Names?
We help you understand the benefits of learning and using students’ names and present specific techniques to help.
Learn techniques to learn student names
Learning and using names is probably the simplest, most direct way for you as a teacher to demonstrate interest in your students.
Learn and use your students’ names and you succeed in building trust, increase teacher-student rapport, and make it more likely that your students will participate in class discussion—all factors that can contribute to student academic success.
In this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, Ike Shibley, Ph.D., discusses the benefits of learning and using students’ names and presents specific techniques that you can implement to help you learn students’ names as well as support the learning of names by everyone in class.
During this 20 minute program, you will learn
- Why learning names is critical for a learner-centered classroom.
- Techniques for learning names in class.
- Techniques for learning names outside of class.
- Techniques on how to learn names.
- Techniques for remembering them.
- Links to other additional information.
At the conclusion of this program, you will:
- Know how to use a variety of opportunities for learning names, such as giving exams, facilitating group work and handing back student work.
- Be able to create a collage on your computer to assist you with learning students’ names.
- Be able to use ice breakers and other in-class activities to help students learn each other's names.
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Product Code: PM09DA | Recorded 9/15/09
Ivan A. Shibley, Jr. (Ike), Ph.D., is associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Berks, a small four-year college within the Penn State system. He teaches introductory chemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, philosophy of science courses, first-year bioethics seminar, and senior science seminar.
His research involves pedagogical approaches to improving science instruction at the college level. He has won both local and university-wide awards for his teaching including the 2009 Eisenhower Award presented to a tenured Penn State faculty member who exhibits excellent teaching as well as mentoring other teachers.
Ike has been teaching blended courses for almost a decade. He first became involved in blended design as part of an 18-month project to completely redesign the general chemistry course at Berks.
As part of a team of six professionals who invested over 1,000 man-hours in the redesign Ike helped provide the pedagogical and subject matter expertise to help guide the redesign.
The course has now been delivered in a blended format for seven years with an average GPA almost 25% higher than previous years. Every section of general chemistry taught at Penn State Berks now uses the same blended design.
Ike has co-authored several manuscript about the results. Ike has also redesigned a nutrition course that is offered in a blended as well as a fully online format.
He and a collaborator have blended upper-level biology courses on cell signalling, neurobiology, and developmental biology.
He presents his work on blended learning at numerous professional conferences and has become an ardent advocate of blended learning.
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