In recent headlines, it has been said that Katie Holmes is officially using her name, “Katie”, despite her soon-to-be ex-husband’s insistence on calling her “Kate.”
What’s in a name?
Brain research indicates that specific parts of our brain light up when we hear our own name. Interestingly, similar parts light up when we are making judgments about ourselves. As we have discussed before, Words are things. Likewise, our name is intimate, personal and filled with meaning. (Maybe this is why Katie wants to keep her name.)
Or, we can think of it other way. Remember a name you were called that you did not like? How do you feel when you think of that name?
For teaching, whether we are starting an email, discussion board response, or grading comment, we need to start with a name such as, “ Hi Melody.” If a student has asked to be called by a nickname, it is important to comply. Personalizing our responses in this way, engages students in the learning experience.
What is or was your nickname?
Melody (Mel) Pickle