Shared by Jacque Wilson-Jordan
This activity takes a full 50-minute period, but to me it’s worth it. The classroom geography is decentralized, a welcome change from me standing up and reading the syllabus on day one. The students greet each other and learn about each other. I learn about them; they learn about me. It’s fun to give them a unique quality that may be surprising to them, e.g. that I like to lift weights. The teacher is human! If there’s any awkwardness or weird/unsettling vibe or disruptiveness in the class, this tends to squelch it.
Going through this series of steps and reviewing my sheet when I take attendance on subsquent days helps me learn their names very quickly.