Ways to remember students’ names.

ways to remember students' names

Can a Cappuccino help your memory? No.

So, here’s what can happen when you don’t remember students’ names. I recently stopped by a local Starbucks and was greeted with a friendlier than normal ‘Starbucks welcome’ as I walked up to the counter. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Starbucks where the staff didn’t have a big smile when you approached the counter, so I just thought the girl must be the ‘Employee of the Month’ or something. But, as I stood there looking at her, there was a familiarity to her face, but I just couldn’t place it.

She looked at me and said, “You don’t remember me do you?” Uh oh. I said, “Uhh, yea…umm…” in which she quickly replied, “What’s my name then?” Busted. “I was in your class!” she said. Of course, that’s why she looked so familiar, and the neighbourly [Read more…]

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My Book Selections: ‘Moonwalking with Einstein’

The title alone was enough to get my interest, ‘Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art & Science of Remembering Everything’. Remembering EVERYTHING, that sounded cool, but then again, ask Jill Price and I think she would tell me that it isn’t so cool. I think I first became aware of this book while reading a Scientific American Mind magazine, which, by the way, I recommend that all profs should scan once in a while. The book looked like it was just what I needed to help me to effortlessly remember all of my students names and cell phone numbers in an instant. So, I went onto [Read more…]

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