On the Forums: learning names, watching the clock, and communicating outcomes

We’re excited to introduce a new feature to the Q blog called On The Forums. 

Members of the ACUE Community can read forum discussions, add comments, and create their own conversation topics. You can become a member by registering here.

So far, members have started 10 discussion topics, ranging from questions about first-day rituals, to New Year’s teaching resolutions, to questions about planning an effective lesson and how to communicate learning outcomes to students.

The Name Game
Research shows that the simple act of learning and remembering students’ names leads to higher levels of engagement and motivation. University of Arizona Professor Zoe Cohen still remembers the moments when her professors used her name when calling on her in class or walking outside on campus.

“Because of this, I try very very hard to learn and remember my student’s names as well,” Cohen writes, “But the trouble comes when I teach in classes with about 200 students! I do my best by looking at the class lists and at least learning the names of students who come to office hours…but I’d love some insight into how others are able to learn names!”

Patricia Akhimie, at Rutgers University-Newark, said that printing out a roster of photos of each student is a good start.

Fred Gonzaga, of Miami Dade College, offered a strategy for remembering names for classes with fewer numbers of student.

“I go over the list of names in the roster, and ask each student questions such as their program, how long they have been in school, how much longer before graduating, etc., and I write notes to myself.”

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