Learning the names of a class can be difficult for some teachers. There are a variety of approaches adopted by teachers from name cards to photographs. A quick and easy method however of learning the names of pupils in your class is to arrange them in alphabetical order according to their first name. This will allow you to become familiar quickly with their names. Give it a go and you will be surprised how it helps you. The usual approach of organising a class by surname does not help at all with familiarisation but this little change can make all the difference?
I once read somewhere that right handed teachers spend most of their time talking to the right hand side of the classroom. Whilst I had been conscious of using certain words a lot in my everyday teaching (such as “ok”) and not asking the same person to answer a question all the time, I hadn’t really thought about in which direction I was aiming my classroom spiel. After looking into this more closely, I found out that if you let pupils sit where they want, attention seekers will choose to sit at your favoured side, quiet pupils will sit on the other side where they think you won’t see them and those who want to go completely unnoticed will choose to sit at the back on your unfavoured side. In order to combat this, why not try and make a point of moving around the room and talking from different parts of the classroom as this helps keep pupils on their toes. Investing in a wireless mouse or remote control to control your PowerPoint from a distance is a great idea.