Dr. Ettie Zilber spoke on Third Culture Kids: Children of Educators on Thursday. Great synopsis on what sets EdTCKs apart, children of those colleagues that we teach next to day to day. As a parent and a teacher of staff kids, some questions I have been wrestling with:
- What responsibility do I have to staff kids?
- How do I make sure there is no ‘alternate standard’ for these students?
- How can I better teach, serve, enrich the staff kids experience at the school?
Zibler insightfully points out both the benefits at the challenges of EdKids and the school community: Overlapping of roles as parents, teachers, students, etc. Addressing these potential challenges can certainly help us to understand potential issues before they arise.
Her book Third Culture Kids: The Children of Educators in International Schools looks like a great resource for parents and teachers of staff kids.