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Charlotte teacher has specialized handshake with every student

Charlotte teacher has specialized handshake with every student Charlotte teacher has specialized handshake with every student
Melinda Barton | 03 February, 2017, 00:35

Barry White, Jr., a fifth grade English teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, has come up with his own personalized handshake for every single one of his students based upon each of their personalities. 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. But before Mr. White incorporates "vocabulary shootout" and shoe-tapping songs into his curriculum, he tries to connect with each of his students. White says. "It has blown up to something even more positive, for the school itself and for other educators out there, it's wonderful and inspiring, I'm definitely enjoying it".

The one-of-a-kind teacher is a huge basketball fan and says he got the idea from Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who performs pre-game handshakes with each of his teammates.

He first tried a special handshake with a student in another class. "She would wait for me every morning before she'd go to class". "I feel like I'm welcomed in his class".

It was a slam dunk.

He added: "You see that bond and how close they are".

"I said 'Okay, if I can do 20, I can do 20 more I guess", White said.

He greets each student enrolled in his three classes every day with personalized handshakes.

"Just the fact that I'm inspiring others, the messages I receive from other educators has been the best part for me", Mr.

Looking back on elementary school, there may be one or two teachers that we fondly remember. He says students in the club like to incorporate steps as their unique piece.

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At this point it's just muscle memory. He has a different handshake with at least 40 of them.