I don't like when teachers have multiple students with the same name in their class, and they come up with a nickname for the child. For example, if there were 2 kids that go by Joseph, and the teacher decided (maybe s/he did ask the child) that one would be Joey. From then on that kid is known as Joey, even if his parents wanted him to be called Joseph. I don't think young children are always bold enough to say they don't like a nickname, and/or they don't realize that this may be a name that sticks with them for the rest of their lives. One teacher had 2 of my former students this past year: Alyssa and Elissa. Both girls pronounced their names the same: Uh-liss-uh. However, the class decided to call them (long)E-liss-uh, and (long)A-liss-uh. Now other children refer to them this way, but that's not how you are supposed to say their names. If I were their parents, I wouldn't be happy. I always just call children by their first name and last initial. This year I will have Claire A. and Claire B. I've found that these names don't stick with children. Next year the Claires will probably be in different classes, and everyone will just call them each Claire. To each their own, but I just wanted to put that though out there for the new school year.