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Teaching Strategy # 39 - How to remember names

Posted by anonymous on September 2, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Have you ever been at a party and recognised the person who you have just started talking to, but can't for the life of you remember their name? This happens to my partner all the time, to the point that we have a little system worked out, where I pretend that she's socially inept and forgotten to do the introductions and I introduce myself as I ask for their name. Thankfully this works when you have a 'wingman' to help you out of those situations, but when you're in the classroom and you're in front of new students, remembering their names can seem a daunting task!


There's such power in names and it seems like it doesn't matter where you are and what you are doing (even day dreaming), you always manage to hear your name. Here's a link to 6 Strategies to Help Remember Names. 


Have you heard of a memory palace? This is one of the powerful strategies to help remember information. I used this in my class to help students remember the pathway of blood through the heart. It's amazing how it works and the kids still talk about the crazy story! Here's a link to a fantastic Ted Talk describing how memory palaces work and the importance of memorising information, despite our almost perpetual connection to google!

Just as an interesting aside, here's a couple of pics that show the mean age of people with the 25 most popular names - does your name match up?

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