Grade R

Miss Zuleka’s Grade R boys get the chance to pick how she greets them every morning. The personal touch goes a long way for these little boys.


Personally greeting each child before they enter the classroom is a good way to build a relationship with each student. By doing so, the teacher shows the child that they are seen. Giving them the choice to pick their very own welcome is even better.

Miss Zuleka from Paarl Boys’ Primary created a fun way for her pupils to greet her in the morning. She printed out two sheets with 8 different options and stuck them up outside the classroom. The greetings include fist bumps, elbow bumps, dance off, hugs, high-five, handshake and the other two options are not selected so we are not sure what they were.

It seems all the boys loved the personal interaction and you can see many of them running off in the sheer joy of having had the chance to pick their own greeting.

Things like this make a big difference in the day. we have written stories like this before, about teachers that have a personalised handshake for each child in the classroom. Most of these stories were based in the USA so it is very exciting to see this happening right here in South Africa.

Miss Zuleka has been widely praised for her efforts and the video had reached over 350,000 views since it was posted last week.

“THIS is the South Africa I am rooting for…” – Neville Stanley Paynter

This is beautiful we need a couple hundred thousand more teachers like this” – Donovan Stainbank

Fabulous. It will go quicker once they get the hang of this. They will even start deciding at home how they are going to greet you. Always so creative” – Wendy Black 

Watch the adorable video below.

Sources: Facebook
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