August 03, 2005
I photocopy my seating charts onto transparencies and put colored paper behind them, using a different colored paper for each class. The charts are magnetized and I leave them up on the blackboard all year for the students to see. I write the students' names on Post-it notes and place them on the charts so that I can easily change them if their assigned seats don't work out. I make a copy of the seating chart and staple it to a matching colored folder so that the names of the students are facing me. I use this to take roll and call each student by name from the very first day. This system allows me to learn up to 150 names in a week!