I’m ecstatic. I know all of my students’ names.
Well, at least today I do.
Please don’t ask me outside of the classroom if a particular child is a morning or afternoon student, because that is a question I probably won’t be able to answer just yet. Some things will take a little extra time.
I have many students with names that start with the same sound. Imagine having a *Cindy, Sarah, Suzy, Savannah, Sandy and Saul in one class, for example. Maybe it is just me, but my brain starts to mix up those names. I will say Michael when I mean Matthew, and I will say Jessica when I mean Jennifer.
I also have many names that sound similar like McKenzie and McKenna, for example. This is yet another speed bump for my brain and more names to stumble over.
Add to those obstacles the chance that I might call a student by their older sibling’s name, and it is amazing that I can correctly learn any child’s name, ever.
But I have done it.
Now the goal is to remember all of their names for the next school day.
Keeping in mind, of course, that on most mornings I have to run back into the house to grab my forgotten lunch.
*All the names used in this post are fictional and not the actual names of any of my students.