So Where’s Home?

What is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)?

So Where’s Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity from Adrian Bautista on Vimeo

Third Culture Kids

David C. Pollack developed the following definition of a third culture kid:

“A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.” (Taken from Wikipedia)

Students in my Grade 7 advisory had the chance to explore what it means to be a TCK. Using the thinking routine, See-Think-Wonder, students watched the video, So Where’s Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity, and recorded their observations and connections on what they saw.

Below are some of their see-think-wonders about third culture kids. See-Think-Wonder is a thinking routine that encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry.

I wonder, how could you use this thinking routine in your classroom? What do you see-think-wonder about third culture kids? Watch the video and comment on one or more of the see-think-wonders below…


2 thoughts on “So Where’s Home?

  1. Something I wonder about third culture kids is that if they like being what they are. Are they made fun of? Do they not like it? Or do they like being special. I, myself being a third culture kid, sometimes don't liek it because others think I'm so wierd or not normal. Other times I feel that I know more than most people and that I am special. This is part of being a third culture kid. Moving around and of course telling others what has happened on your adventures and what you have learned.

  2. I wonder if third culture kinds ever feel superior than anyone. Do sometimes they think that they are the best only because they are TCK? I am wondering this, because being a TCK is so unique, and very little people have the opportunity to be one. Maybe there are some who think that they have more possibilities since they are one. Don't they? Also, I think that being a TCK is a very valuable opportunity that life gives us. So we have to take it with pleasure and be happy that we have it. And last but not least, I see that TCK's have respect for everyone even though they are not from the same culture. They accept anyone just the way they are.

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