C'mon, who are we kidding? If you teach or administer middle or high school, you're likely to have nearly a hundred (or hundreds of) names to learn at the beginning of the school year. If you're like me, you've struggled for years with feelings of guilt and sheepishness as you swim upstream against the flow of unfamiliar faces all hoping you'll remember them right away.
Your fear of embarrassing a scholar and yourself sometimes keeps you from making those early connections in the first days of school.
Well, no more! Let us take the bull by the horns and make possible embarrassment our ally!
Enter the "Oops! I Forgot Your Name"Card. This lovely little slip of paper allows you to admit that you have a great deal to learn at the beginning of the year, that you are human, after all, and that it'll take some time until you're up to speed with everyone's name. In the meantime, if you happen to call a scholar by the wrong name, you will award them this card that (with your validated signature) enters them into a drawing at a later date (the value and desirability of which you may determine. It need not be expensive; rather, a treat, a special privilege or a nifty item like a shiny pencil).
Your scholars will likely forgive you your lack of memory in favor of their entry in a drawing, some even quizzing you into learning their names more efficiently. These cards create an open culture that allows mistakes and encourages your risk-taking to try and try again to get them correct. In very little time, and relatively few cards given out, you'll have names down and learned.