Sometimes I hear teachers using "nicknames" rather than saying, or writing out children's' real names. I think there are many reasons, such as the name being difficult to pronounce or remember. Do you think there may be other reasons? How do you handle "nicknaming" at your program?
We have received some well-thought-out feedback, helpful resources, and real life examples about how having an unwanted name can cause feelings of disrespect and hurt. Thank you, Chris, Dorothy, Catherine, Karen, Terri and Ankit for taking the time to respond and share your thoughts. To all others, thank you for reading this posting. This is such an important topic, as our names and how we want to be called define who we are in the different cultural communities we take part in.