Third Culture Kids

Just finished the book “Third Culture Kids” by David Pollock. The subtitle is “The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds”.  I read it after suggestions from Carrie Crawford and Louis Arndt. Both of these women have lived overseas with their children. I also read it because we are headed out of the country for two years and while in Shanghai, China, my students will be comprised of many Third Culture Kids or TCK as they are referred to.

The book had many stories from Adult TCKs who experienced first hand what it was like. Many of the stories were from the Military families who must move every 3 years. David Pollock tries to defines who is a TCK and also spends time on the benefits and challenges.

My favorite chapter was about “Dealing with Transition” (Chapter 13). The chapter develops the idea of everyone building a raft with 4 logs.  The 4 logs consist of Reconciliation, Affirmation, Farewells, and Think Destination. Much of the advice in the book is relevant to any parent or teacher.


About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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One Response to Third Culture Kids

  1. Hello, just to say I am so glad you read the book “Third Culture Kids” and wrote about it. I think it is really good that parents and teachers read about TCKs. I’m an adult third culture kid, I’m from the Netherlands but was born in Zambia and lived in 2 other African countries as a kid. It really helped me to read and learn about third culture kids. Let’s get the word out! Read more on my blog:
    Recently I wrote a post on the importance of TCKs learning to be themselves (where ever they are!):
    Wishing you and your family a good time overseas! greetings.

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