North Carolina – An English teacher at Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte has created a unique way of saying good morning to his students by using a handshake that brings out the personality of each student.
According to ABC News , Barry White, Jr, a fifth grade English teacher said that he greets the student every morning because it creates bonds and brings enthusiaism.
As a Cleveland Cavalier’s fan, White was inspired to do the same handshakes with his students after noticing his favorite basketball player, LeBron James, doing the same thing with his teammates.
“I’m always pumped up and then we start doing the moves and that brings them excitement and pumps them up for a high-energy class,”he said
White added, “they know when they get to the front door we do our ‘good mornings,’ and then it’s time to go, I just know the certain moves that go with certain kids because it’s personalized”.
According to white, the handshakes started with a 4th grade student who waited for him every morning before she’d go to class to teach her a handshake.
He said that during recess this year he started handshakes with only two students and then it became contagious.
“Now I have 3rd graders wanting to do it too,he said”
White said remembering all the different moves isn’t as tricky as you’d think.
“It’s muscle memory at this point,” he said, “I do it so much with them,they love coming up to me and doing it”, said white.
His administration loves the enthusiasm White brings to his students each day.
Principal, Meaghan Loftus said in interview with on Wednesday February 1, that embracing meaningful relationships will help her students to achieve high levels
“Barry’s handshakes represent his own authentic take on building those relationships”, she said.
She added that when kids know their teacher cares, they are attentive, engaged and driven to be successful.
The teacher has also started a step team at the school with some of the 5th graders by incorporating some handshakes moves.