Growing Up in Transit: The Politics of Belonging at an International School by Danau Tanu (2018 & 2020)
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (3rd Edition) by David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken & Michael Pollock (2019)
The Hidden Curriculum
Breakout 1: Self-Reflexivity
1. Person A: Describe one area where you lack privilege. How has this affected you? How has it affected the way you teach? (2.5 min)
2. Person B: Reflect back to them what they said (1 min)
3. Swap roles & repeat steps 2 & 3
Neutral, no judgment
Be attentive (nod, etc), patient (don’t fill silences)
Reflect back what they said. Use their words as much as possible. Do not interpret. Do not add your opinion.
I was inspired to use ‘active listening’ by:
+ Isabelle Min, former television broadcaster and radio host for KBS and founder of Transition Catalyst Korea (TCK) Institute. www.tck.or.kr
+ Jessica Wei Huang, International Educator, Leader, & Coach, currently Vice Principal at UWCSEA. www.jessicaweihuang.com
Language Learning & Translanguaging
- The Traumatizing Gift: a Global Childhood – A TEDx Fullbright Tokyo talk by Saeko Mizuta on impact of language acquisition process on ability to learn other subjects. Saeko is CEO of the TCK Workshop (日本語), an online tutoring service for bilingual children (Japanese and English).
- Translanguaging Guides by City University of New York (CUNY)
- Translanguaging: Designing Equitable Multilingual Spaces – by Ceci Gomez-Galvez
Language, Family & Power
Parenting Malaysian Students at an International School – Dalat International School requires parents to watch videos about the impact of international schooling on student identity and culture before they apply to enrol. See more videos in the right hand column under ‘School Culture Videos‘
Third Culture Stories – a podcast by TCKs of Asia. Three of the episodes discusses the impact of structural racism on language and identity.
- Season 1, Episode 3: Language & Power is an interview with an adult Korean child of a diplomat and her experience of internalized racism as a result of international schooling.
- Season 2, Episode 1: A Foreigner in My Own Family: The Hidden Loss of Language & Intimacy focuses on the stories of three adult ‘Third Culture Kids’ and their experiences of losing their parents language and/or efforts to maintain it, as well as the deep impact it has had on their sense of identity and relationship with their family.
- Season 3, Episode 3: Mixed Loyalties focuses on the deeper impact that structural racism and language has on identity.
mobility & third culture kids
- Safe Passage – Doug Ota 2014. See also Safe Passage Across Networks
- Resources (books, associations, podcasts) recommended by Tanya Crossman, intercultural trainer and author of Misunderstood
- Heidi Tunberg’s pinterest boards feature an extensive collection of books and other resources relating to Third Culture Kids and their families. See also Heidi’s board for TCKs: Asian Third Culture Kids
- Books on Third Culture Kids and expat living as recommended by the Families in Global Transition, which was co-founded by Ruth Van Reken
THE STRENGTH OF WEAK TIES
For well being: Investing a little time to develop weak ties with students may help them feel more ‘seen’ and help the campus feel more inclusive
- Gillian Sandstrom’s research
- Leslie, Ian. 2020. “Why your ‘weak-tie’ friendships may mean more than you think.” In BBC (July 3).
For recruitment: The concept of weak ties has been widely applied to diversifying job recruitment pools.
Original study: The concept of weak ties was originally developed to study what type of networking is useful for job search.
- Granovetter, Mark. 1973. “The Strength of Weak Ties,” American Journal of Sociology (78:6), 1360-1380.