Tennessee Teacher David Jamison Goes Viral after He Memorizes 75 Different Handshakes with His 5th Graders (Video)

Monica Otayza
Dec 19, 2019
09:40 P.M.
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A teacher from Tennessee goes viral after he made a point to memorize 75 different handshakes with his class to connect with them in a different way. 

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For David Jamison, it wasn't enough for him to just teach his pupils. Instead, he makes sure to connect with them to ensure that they have a good teacher-student relationship. 

He did just that by memorizing 75 different handshakes with his students, and a video of him performing each of them has gone viral. 

Some teachers go the extra mile to let their students know how loved they are. 

Screenshots of David Jamison conducting handshakes with his grade five pupils | Source: Twitter/ShelbyCountySchools

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HANDSHAKES AS A CONNECTION TO HIS STUDENTS

Teacher David Jamison is a language arts teacher at Hickory Ridge Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. His way of building relationships with his students includes individual greetings from every single one of his students. 

To do that, he separates his class into groups of three before greeting them with unique handshakes. As for why he does this, he shares with "Good Morning America:"

"It increases that bond with the students. 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."

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HIS VIDEO SOON WENT VIRAL

Applauding the gesture done by one of its teachers, the Shelby County Schools shared a video of the handshakes on Twitter, and it soon went viral. 

Multiple media companies then contacted Jamison, and he was overwhelmed by all the attention given to him. 

"I was overwhelmed. That was the key to spread more positivity."

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SHOWCASING HIS STUDENT'S MUSICAL ABILITIES

While teaching is already such an honorable profession that requires a lot of strength and patience, some teachers go the extra mile to let their students know how loved they are. 

Just last year, another teacher went viral after he performed a stellar performance of Snow Patrol's song "Chasing Cars" with a student of his diagnosed with down syndrome. 

Proving to the world that his ability definitely outweighs his disability, Alex, a 27-year-old student, performed the hit song with his music teacher Robert Mullen

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Robert Mullen and his 27-year-old student Alex performing | Source: Facebook/RobertMullen

TEACHERS DEDICATED TO THEIR CRAFTS

Mullen is a teacher who has dedicated more than two decades of his life teaching special needs children, is a music lover who decided to cultivate his students' love for music. 

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He then began teaching them, and the outcome is adorable videos like the one he made with Alex, which ultimately made hearts melt around the world. 

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