You may have read or heard about Greg Mortensen’s book Three Cups of Tea, about his work building schools in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The title comes from the idea that the first time
two share a cup of tea they are strangers, at the second cup of tea they
are friends, and at the third cup of tea they are family.
I have often thought of this philosophy as I attempt to build positive relationships with students. I have altered the philosophy only slightly, and I call mine “Three Slices of Mediocre Pizza.”