I’m terrible at remembering names! That’s why I work so hard at trying to get to know the names of my students on the first day of class.
My inspiration comes from a college professor I had at Loyola University, a Jesuit priest, who brought in a Polaroid camera on the first day of class, arranged us in groups of 5 or 6 (the class had over 50 students!), took photos, and had us write our names on the back of the photo in the order we were standing.
The very next day, as we entered class, he greeted every single one of us at the door BY NAME! And this was a college theology course!
The sooner we get to know our students’ names, and use those names, the better our rapport with them will be.
God calls us each by name. Let’s use those names!