For your average 11-year-old, the daily monotony of going to school and sitting through lectures can be dull, tedious and just plain boring, unless you happen to be in Barry White, Jr.’s fifth-grade class at Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. White comes through every morning to greet his students at the door with their own individualized dap. Yes, you heard me. My man has memorized a unique, complicated, sometimes choreographed handshake for each and every one of his students. Why? Because it’s lit!
Mr. White, who also incorporates "vocabulary shootout" and songs into his curriculum, uses these unconventional methods to connect with his students to open the door for academic curiosity. “The most critical component is the relationship, the rapport you build with your students because sometimes it can go underrated or overlooked," White said in an interview with NBC Charlotte. "Before I'm able to deliver a substantial amount of content to them, they have to invest in the teacher."
The inspiration to incorporate these signature handshakes hit the teacher when he noticed Lebron James dapping up with his inner-circle during a Cleveland Cavaliers game. White decided it would be a fun idea to bring to the classroom.
Mr. White takes #blackmangreetings to the next level. Check out his work.
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