Learning students’ names and pronouncing them correctly is one of the easiest ways to create a climate of inclusion and improve student learning.
I sometimes struggle to pronounce names correctly. When I fail I usually poke fun at myself and my inability to get it right. But when we talk about building a safe environment in our classrooms that are all about collaboration, getting students’ names right is that first step. It shows that they matter to you. The strategies listed in this article are very helpful and can help you set your classes up for success.