I grew up with a frequently mispronounced name. I never felt offended when someone butchered my name, my family even has a running competition on who can get the funnest attempt. However, I do understand the frustration of having a name that no one can pronounce. Even though I think it’s funny when strangers mispronounce it, I recently was told by a close friend that she didn’t know how to spell my name, and I was stunned. It made me realize that the offense comes from when someone does not make an effort to learn a name. Last week in class, Dr. Brocato spoke about the importance of learning your students names. Even just listening to the class discussion I fully agreed with the lesson, but the full impact did not hit me until the next day. I went to observe at Starkville High for my methods class, and I overheard a student conversation regarding another one of the student’s teachers. This student claimed that her teacher had nicknamed her “Rebe” because Rebecca was too much to say/write. I could tell that this really bothered her, and she was reaching the point in which it was impacting her view of the teacher. All in all, I realized that just making a visible effort to learn your students’ names is one of the easiest ways to positively impact your students’ lives.