The semester just started and you have 150 names to remember…and you must do it fast! Students feel marginalized when you can’t remember their names:
- I’m insignificant
- Mr. S doesn’t notice me
- I’m not important
- Mr. S doesn’t like me
- I’m invisible
- Mr. S knows other student’s names. He must like them better
A number of years ago, for some odd reason, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie came up in class. I referred to them reflexively as Brangelina. I was struck by how every kid knew exactly whom I was referring to. Hmmmm! Perhaps, I thought, I could do the same thing with a student’s first and last names. This was the birth of the Celebrity Couple Nickname Game. It has:
- Been a fun bonding tool
- Allowed me to remember student names
- Created powerful allegiance to my class
Ten days into class, you don’t want to be saying, “Hey…you in the brown shirt, what’s the answer to #10?”
Listen to these incredible student voices promote the power of this technique!
It’s hard to remember student names.
Play the Celebrity Couple Nickname Game.
What You Can Do Tomorrow?
- Take your seating chart and create celebrity nicknames out of the first and last names.
- Present examples.
- Challenge kids to morph your name.
- Deputize your students to create their own celebrity nicknames.
- Present students with your creation.