KindSight 101

#90: The Dope Educator (With David Jay)

Episode Summary

David Jay aka The Dope Educator is a fifth grade educator-rockstar from Memphis Tennessee. The 32 year old started gaining the attention of the masses including Access Hollywood, good morning America, and top podcasts for his groundbreaking approaches to creating relationship with his students, most notably by memorizing each and every one of the secret handshakes created by his 75 students. A relatively new teacher, David knows that relationships are the key to education and has made it his mission to inspired educators everywhere to take a page out of his book. You will come away from this interview inspired to bring even more heart, passion and love into your own classroom as we talk about the one thing you need to do to gain enrolment from even your toughest to teach, how words of affirmation change the game, how we can embrace the power of will over skill, how teaching the small things makes an incredible difference and the one question you need to ask your students when it comes to creating a vision for themselves. You can follow David Jay at @thedopeeducator on all the socials

Episode Notes

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This teacher has found a way to get his fifth graders pumped up for learning: He challenges them to create their own handshakes.

David Jamison, a language arts teacher at Hickory Ridge Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee, memorized the individual greetings from each of the 75 students he teaches. 

Classes are separated into groups of three and Jamison greets every student with their unique handshakes

"It increases that bond with the students," he 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."

Shelby County Schools shared a video of the handshakes on Twitter, where its been viewed 20,000 times.

"I was overwhelmed," Jamison said of the viral attention. "That was the key to spread more positivity."

Jamison, a father of one, said it's his third year teaching and he's done the handshakes each year.

It takes Jamison about a minute to do the handshakes with each group. It's followed by "Do Now" classwork, where the kids get right to work practicing a lesson they learned the day prior.

The one with the most innovative handshake wins a prize from Jamison. This term's winner will be announced next week, he said.