[nobe-l] question about learning student names

Anita Adkins aadkins7 at verizon.net
Tue Jul 20 15:20:02 UTC 2010


One of my college instructors, who taught first grade for many years and who 
can also see, said that she would assign seats for the students and learn as 
much about each student prior to the beginning of the year.  In addition, 
she would study the pictures of the students in order to recognize them by 
sight.  Perhaps, our alternative would be to have an audio snapshot of their 
voices, but this would most likely not be available until we create it the 
first day of school or something like that.  If we create it the first day, 
we can maybe study it over the first week end of school or something like 
that.  Depending on the grade, maybe one could also create some getting to 
know you activities where the students share about themselves.  Even sighted 
people do this because in one of my courses on how to teach music, the 
teacher had us do such activities.  It helps the students to become more 
familiar with each other, and it allows the teacher to get to know the 
students.  Of course, I realize you are teaching college, and so this may 
not be appropriate, but I share it for those in situations where it may be 
beneficial.  When I work with students, I have them say their name (and 
raise their hand) in order to answer my question.  This allows me to 
identify who is responding and to learn their voices better.  For example, 
if John wants to answer a question, he says "John" and I echo "John."  John 
now knows he can answer the question.  Of course, this technique is 
explained at the beginning of a speech or class.  Just some thoughts.  Anita
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sally Friedman" <sfriedman2 at nycap.rr.com>
To: "'National Organization of Blind Educators Mailing List'" 
<nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: [nobe-l] question about learning student names

> Hi All,
> How do you guys learn the names of your students?
> The reason I'm asking is I just read something put out by my university 
> (I'm
> a professor) listing the top 10 ways to learn student names, and more than
> half of their ideas centered around the need for eye contact or photos.
> Needless to say, it doesn't exactly make a blind person feel included, and 
> I
> want to point that out to them..
> What I do (and I guess it's different for students of different grades) is
> ask people to repeat their names often (sometimes they do, sometimes they
> don't), take attendance and learn from both where they sit and their 
> papers.
> Sometimes their voices will do it but in classes of 40 to 50, that can be
> tough. I also simply set a tone indicating that their input matters a lot.
> Any thoughts?
> Sally
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nobe-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On 
> Behalf
> Of Faith Manion
> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 6:37 PM
> To: NFB Education
> Subject: [nobe-l] question about learning student names
> Hello all,
> I have about a year before I begin my student teaching and this semester I
> am teaching several lessons.  With these lessons I am giving multiple 
> choice
> tests and writing activities.  In the past someone has just graded the
> multiple choice items for me and then read the writing responses out loud.
> Do you guys know any other way to grade papers when they are hand written
> and not typed?  Is there any new type of technology out there that I am
> unaware of that will read handwriting?
> Thanks
> Faith Manion
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