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Building a trusting relationship with students is one of the keys to success for educators. A fifth-grade teacher is doing that in a way that’s getting lots of attention.

“The most critical component is the relationship, the rapport you build with your students because sometimes it can go underrated or overlooked,” Barry White Jr. told WCNC-TV, an NBC affiliate.

He added: “Before I’m able to deliver a substantial amount of content to them, they have to invest in the teacher.” 

White teaches literacy at Ashley Park PreK-8 School, a Title I school located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The school’s administrators encourage their teachers to find creative ways to engage students.

After shaking hands with White, the students are warmed up and ready for the vocabulary shootout and shoe-tapping songs in his curriculum.

Much of the bonding comes from the time he takes to work out the individualized handshakes with each student. He said the student creates the moves, and they refine it together. The daily bonding exercise creates excitement, joy and trust, he explained.



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