Wednesday, April 4, 2018
A little over a decade ago, we had a glut of Jose Lopezes at one school. I'm not sure how many there were, but on multiple occasions I would have two of them in the same class.
(They were differentiated by their middle initial, unless they didn't have one. Then they would need their student ID numbers. It was confusing during roll call, but somehow we managed the rest of the time.)
I haven't noticed this issue in a while.
Last Monday. Second period. Eighth grade U.S. history.
I had a lovely little seating chart with which to take attendance.
Kaitlyn Hernandez's seat was empty. I marked her absent. I continued going through the seating chart and matching empty seats to names. And... Kaitlyn Hernandez was absent. Again. Different seat.
It took me a bit to catch it. First I assumed that Kaitlyn had been moved and one seat just needed to be fixed. But no. There were two Kaitlyn Hernandezes listed on the class roster. They had different student ID numbers. One did have a middle initial.
Just imagine... Having someone else in your same class with your same name...
I mean, I was not the only Elizabeth in my class. But at least my last name was always unique. To not even have that...
Since one of the Kaitlyns was absent (the other did arrive later with a pass), and the assignment did not require me to call on students, I did not see how this worked in practice. But it begs the question. How does this work for them? Do they share other classes? Do they like each other?
And the big one... They're in eighth grade. They have more than four years together when one includes high school. How do they navigate the next four years?
Hopefully there isn't a third Kaitlyn Hernandez hiding somewhere...
Did you have others in your school with your same first name? Did you get along with them?
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