I’m considering a theory about contextual knowledge? They don’t forget our names to our faces (I hope), it’s just that they think “actually-in-class” is the only necessary context to remember them. A very extreme version of the way we forget (many) student names a week after grades are turned in, and take longer to come up with them when we see them outside of class.
PS. I just read backwards for a *whole* bunch of posts.