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  1. #1
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    Teachers- A Question About Nicknames

    I've asked every teacher I know and most say using a nickname/ going by a middle name is no big deal, while others advise to only give your child the name s/he is going to be called. What's your opinion?
    Mom to 2 girls ♥ Bayard McConnell "Bay" & Marguerite Davis "Maple"

  2. #3
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    I think it is no big deal as long as it is made clear up front which name the child will go by. By "up front" I mean before the first day of school so that the teacher doesn't have to re-make name tags, charts with names, etc.

    Funny, though, as a teacher I was adamant to name both of my kids the name that they would be called (no nicknames).

  3. #5
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    I've been a teacher for 12 years and I think it's pretty common practice to respect what the child desires to be called. So if you call your child by his/her middle name, and so does the child, that's what I'll use. I've never heard of much controversy with nicknames/middle names as name used.

  4. #7
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    I've been a teacher for 10 years and I have had many students go by a nickname or a middle name. I always ask my students what they like to be called on the first day of school. I have never come across any issues with this. I have had many students go by a middle name, I don't think anything of it.

    I say it is not a problem.
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    I teach middle school and I agree with the pp that it isn't a big deal. I can see that at the elementary level a lot goes into writing name tags, etc so that could make more work for the teacher. I also have the urge to give my child the name they will be called as well, so there is no confusion, however different that name might be!
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