Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Not Listening

"What's your name?"

I get the question all the time. It's why I carry a name magnet and put it up every day.

At the beginning of every period I introduce myself. I wait until the class has settled (read: is silent). I pronounce my name (sometimes I do this a couple times) and tell the class that they may call me Ms. A. Then I move on to their assignment for the day.

Last Thursday I had a 7th grade science class. It was 3rd period. I did my usual introduction, and we were just about to go over the answers to their study guide when a boy raised his hand and asked me that question. Yep, he asked me my name after I had just spent two minutes introducing myself.

I shook my head at that. There's only so much I can do. After that, I let them remain ignorant.


  1. Was he deaf? He could have had a hearing disability.

  2. My students called me by my first name (it's just what we did at our school). It was weird to hear one of them use my last name.

  3. If it was me, I probably would have forgotten by that time. Yes, I was that student.


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