With class rosters anywhere between 200-800, art teachers are the masters at remembering student names, but it sure isn’t easy! Some teachers use little name tents or name tags at first to help them remember. For some reason, this method never works for me, because I rely on the name tag too much and never really concentrate on remembering the name!
Alphabetize the students by FIRST NAME!
Put all the A’s and B’s at one table, and so on… When Cory, Cody and Carmen are all sitting together it really helps you to at least get a head start on their names. If you type up your rosters in Word, there is a tool that has an AZ sort. Highlight your list and it will put them in ABC order for you. Easy! I do this for my kindergarten students only, however, when I have been placed at a new school I do this will all students. I already know the names of my 1st-5th graders because I’ve had them for several years. For these students, I make a seating chart based upon behaviors. Fun times! :)
I also organize my seating charts by day, not by grade level, so I can easily find that class ,or just keep the seating chart and grade book (which I house together) open for that day’s teaching. It really helps! I secure these with rings and put them onto a clip board. This gives me flexibility to add pages, change things around and flip the chart quickly.
I do blank, hand- written seating charts designed for my triangle shaped room (old school) and always in pencil. I move kids around as I see fit throughout the year and want to keep a current copy on hand at all times, especially for subs. Erasing and changing the second I make a seating change for behavior or accommodation is very handy.
Any other seating chart or name memory tips for art teachers out there?