In a recent study, more than 85% of students said it was important to them that their instructors knew their names. Their reasons were quite convincing.
Knowing someone’s name and greeting them by that name when they come in your classroom is a great way to set the tone for the semester. It is the first steps in creating an atmosphere of collegiality. It also shows that as the instructor you are invested in this class because you took the time to learn the students’ names. Sometimes it is the most simple things that can have the most impact.