My colleague and friend, Ellen Mahoney and I were recently asked by Families in Global Transition (FIGT) to make a short video discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the international school community. As always, it was a pleasure chatting with Ellen as we shared our insights and ideas. The video remains open to the public … Continue reading In Conversation: Tools for Transition in a Pandemic, with Ellen Mahoney
Have you noticed the number of social media posts questioning the terminology around children who live a life that takes them across and among cultures and worlds? Third Culture Kid (TCK), globally mobile kid, Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK), expat brat, missionary kid, military brat, global nomad are just a few of the terms floating around. As … Continue reading Globally Mobile Children: One Tribe or Many? Part One
Calling all International School Educators, Counsellors and Leadership Does your school resemble a revolving door – students, families and staff constantly leaving and arriving? Do you have: students from culturally diverse backgrounds struggling to integrate into your school community or engage effectively in learning? teachers searching for strategies to equip and support their Cross Cultural … Continue reading Announcing: Transitions 101 Webinar Series
This week I am honoured to be writing over at I Am A Triangle's (IAAT) brand new website. What began almost four years ago as a Facebook group of 30 'Triangles' has now grown into a community of over 15,000 people who have lived in various cultures and countries, whether as children, teens or adults. Launched … Continue reading Top 10 Questions Asked By Students Starting at a New School
Spring has sprung here in The Netherlands. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, the tulips and daffodils are blooming and the birds are singing their celebratory Spring chorus. This morning I was awoken by the busy sounds of a bird outside my bedroom window. Singing away, she was flitting back and forth, … Continue reading Building our Nest: FIGT Reflections
Today I am sharing with you my first published article. Written for International Teacher Magazine, I investigate the impact of international mobility on learning and what can be done to support students through the challenges of transition from country to country. It's a fact that international mobility impacts learning. Some teachers in International Schools know it. … Continue reading International Mobility and Learning
I’m delighted to announce that I have been awarded a 2017 Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency Scholarship, thanks to the Families in Global Transition Organisation. The course work has already begun! I aim to develop my writing and blogging skills, whilst being mentored by writer and publisher Jo Parfitt from Summertime Publishing. The Pascoe part of … Continue reading Why I’m Excited
To all you Expatriate Dads across the Globe, This Sunday is Fathers’ Day here in Australia. I know for many of you around the world, that day has been and gone for this year but any day is a good day to stop and reflect on the important role you Dads play in your family … Continue reading An Open Letter to Expatriate Dads…but Mums can read this too
It is just 2 more sleeps until the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Whilst many of us in the world are pulling out our favourite national sporting paraphernalia ready to cheer on our country’s athletes, those in the globally mobile world are being confronted by a … Continue reading The Olympic Games: Which Country or Countries Will You Be Cheering For?
Have you ever wondered whether you’re doing the right thing by your children, traipsing them across the globe as part of an international assignment and exposing them to the globally mobile life? You are not alone! Back in 2016, I joined over 600 other delegates as we immersed ourselves in the Moving With Kids Online … Continue reading An Overseas Assignment: Are You Doing the Right Thing By Your Kids?