Re: Teaching the names of techniques.
Our teacher doens't emphasize the names of techniques. He does, however, explain basic terms like shomen- and yukomenuchi, irimi, tenkan etc. As someone who adores learning foreign languages and craves for such crumbs of info, I was somewhat disappointed at the beginning. But he explained himself saying that its vital for us to know how to work with our partner not how the technoques r called.
Now I see that with time those fragments that are mentioned, do settle in your brain. I can't say i know all the names by heart, still, I can get around.
Hope you find some comfort in knowing you are not alone. ;-)