- A fifth grade teacher from North Carolina has come up with a cool way to connect with his students
- The teacher has a designated individual handshake for each child in three of his classes and the kids love it
- He believes that the children are more invested in the class when they have a better student-teacher relationship
A teacher from North Carolina has come up with a unique way to connect with his students. Barry White Junior found out that by assigning each student a unique handshake he is able to build a stronger teacher-student relationship with the children.
Mr. White teaches literacy to fifth grade students and he has a unique handshake for each child. In addition he has his own handshake for some staff members and children from other classes.
He began with just one student and noticed the results immediately. Barry soon had handshakes for the whole class and then for the other two classes he teaches.
He says: "The most critical component is the relationship, the rapport you build with your students because sometimes it can go underrated or overlooked. Before I'm able to deliver a substantial amount of content to them, they have to invest in the teacher."
He adds: "We collect and collaborate and come up with it together, so a lot of it is based on who they are. That's what I love; they came up with it so it's really personalized to their personalities."