Finding out about nicknames respectfully


I recently started substitute teaching, and I’m wondering about calling students by nicknames. Specifically, I’m wondering when to ask if a student has a nickname. So far, I usually just ask “do you go by (name on the roll)?” when a kid’s…

alexfienemann said:

I have been teaching middle school for eight years.  All I do, the very first time I meet a class and take attendance, is ask them to tell me if they go by another name, like their middle name, a shortened version of their name, or a nickname, or if I pronounced their name incorrectly.  I also tell them that calling them by the right name is very important to me.  They respond very well to this.