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Berry J. White ist mein neuer Held, in der Großartigkeitsliga ziemlich weit oben. Der Lehrer an der Ashley Park PreK-8 School in Charlotte, North Carolina, hat sich individuelle High-5-Begrüßungsrituale für jeden einzelnen Schüler ausgedacht. Ich halte das für sensationell cool, nicht nur weil „Uh, High5“, sondern weil es den Kids ganz nebenbei etwas über das Spannungsverhältnis von Individuum und Kollektiv beibringt. Awesome!
“They know when they get to the front door we do our ‘good mornings,’ and then it’s time to go,” White told ABC News of his enthusiastic greetings. “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.”
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.”