Tennessee Teacher Begins Class by Greeting Each of His 75 Students with Individual Handshakes
David Jamison has found the coolest way to keep his kids excited about learning.
A fifth-grade language arts teacher at Hickory Ridge Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee, is going viral for the way he greets his students.
David Jamison gets his 75 young pupils pumped for learning by challenging each of them to create their own unique handshakes at the beginning of the year. He then memorizes their elaborate routines and performs them with their creators at the start of class.
Keeping the handshakes "on count," like a dance, has helped him remember each one. He’s got the whole ritual down to 70 seconds per class group, The Commercial Appeal reports.
"It increases that bond with the students," Jamison told Good Morning America. "When you have that kind of relationship with a kid, they don't want to let you down because they know you love and care for them."
The third-year teacher, who also goes by the nickname The Dope Educator, shared videos of his adorable morning ritual on social media. The clips have raked in millions of views across various platforms.
"I was overwhelmed," Jamison, a father of one, told GMA of the viral attention. "That was the key to spread more positivity."