Barry J. White ist Lehrer an der Ashley Park Elementary School in Charlotte (North Carolina) und begrüßt morgens seine Viertklässer*innen mit individuellen High Fives, entsprechend der jeweiligen Persönlichkeit des Kindes. Wenn seine übrigen pädagogischen Fähigkeiten da nur annähernd rankommen, haben wir vielleicht gerade den Lehrer des Jahres gesehen.
Each handshake is different, using custom moves inspired by the student’s personality. “I started with one simple handshake last year with a 4th grader,” he explained. “She would wait for me every morning before she’d go to class. She’d get in trouble sometimes for being late because she’d wait on the handshake.“
“This year I started making handshakes with the kids at recess. It was just one or two students and then it became contagious,” he added. “I saw how much it meant to them, so I said, ‘Come on. Everyone come on.’ Then it was my full class, then it was kids from other classes. Now I have 3rd graders wanting to do it too.”