A teacher on Twitter posted a reminder for other teachers as they start school this week to have students say their names first—and it’s blown up the internet.
With over 10K retweets and 48K likes, Nate, whose Twitter profile says he’s an “‘OP swagger dabber teacher’ according to my students,” has set the bar a little higher for teachers this year as they try to learn all of their students’ names.
Here’s Nate’s original tweet:
Friendly reminder for teachers starting school this week to have your students say their names to you first so that the pronunciation comes from them, and also don't settle for “close enough”, you can get their name right
— Nate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@thel0rdbyr0n) September 2, 2018
Nate elaborated on the issue once the tweet went viral.
A quick perusal of the comments shows Nate is correct. Although some people don’t want to believe this is an issue, for many people it is:
RT. My name is Charis which is pronounced like Care-iss and its Greek and I love it but unfortunately many people think its “too much work to remember” 🙁
— charis (@charis_puckett) September 4, 2018
Some went so far as to accuse some teachers of doing it intentionally:
Other commenters decided to add their own bit of advice into the mix or add their perspective on why Nate’s idea is a good one:
And it’s ok to ask students for their pronouns.
— Cathleen With (@cathleenwith) September 3, 2018
Another benefit to this: if students have a name that is different than their “official” name, they have a chance to say it without you sharing the wrong name to the whole class.
— Alex Shevrin Venet (@AlexSVenet) September 2, 2018
I was kind of saddened last week by the number of kids who said “whatever you want to call me/however you want to say it is fine.” They deserve to be called what they want and for it to be pronounced correctly!
— Lauren Deal (@lpdeal) September 3, 2018
Hope back to school week is good for everyone—students and teachers alike.