I have a confession to make. I’m not proud of this, but I feel it is important that you know. So here goes. Sometimes, just sometimes, I can’t remember some of my students’ names. Now I’m not talking about the students I see every day. No. I’m talking about the students I see once a month or once every two months etc.
I see them walking toward me and suddenly a feeling of dread rises up inside of me. What can I do? I frantically search the recesses of my mind. I come up empty. I quickly backtrack. Hold on a minute - do I have any students without names? Am I in luck? Is this that one poor anomaly whose parents decided they didn’t need to name their little bundle of joy?
Sadly, no. This person has a name – I just can’t remember it (grr). Defeated, and with no way out, I’m left with only one option. I look that student right in the eye and I say (in my happiest of voices to cover for my patheticness) – “Hey buddy. How are you?”
What a total cop-out. This student deserves more than that. And from now on, I will try and be more than that. I will try to remember every student’s name, not just the names of the students I have frequent contact with, but every student.
(Yeah, I'll even try to remember the hard to pronounce ones. Just like this dude does.)
That little rant concludes this post. I hope you got something out of it.
Have a great day,
Keep English Real