Teaching in a Distant Classroom: Crossing Borders for Global Transformation  -     By: Michael H. Romanowski, Teri McCarthy
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Teaching in a Distant Classroom: Crossing Borders for Global Transformation

InterVarsity Press / 2009 / Paperback

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The Introduction to Teaching in a Distant Classroom: Crossing Borders for Global Transformation describes its contents, structure, and goals of this book superbly stating, "This book is offered as a vital resource and training manual to equip instructors in grappling with the complexities of teaching" in overseas contexts. If you are planning on undertaking such a venture, this is one book you can't do without.

Authors Michael Romanowski and Teri McCarthy identify 4 types of teachers who will benefit greatly from this book. First is the "seasoned veteran" who has educated professionally and at length in the United States. For this person the goal is to help them understand "teaching overseas as a true Christian mission" and how such a view compliments their expertise in the classroom.

Second, is the overseas teacher the authors label as the "sink-or-swim instructor". Highly specialized in their specific fields, these teachers have little significant teaching experience of any kind, at home or abroad. They lack adjustment both to the classroom in general, but also lack the cultural adjustment and patience that will be required of them in the classroom. Here the goal is to the "sink-or-swim instructor" develop a philosophical and stylistic pedagogy.

Third, is the "recent college grad" who is full of energy, excitement, and motivation and yet painfully(?) naive. Usually these instructors have no pedagogical knowledge, or even the basic skills to even design a syllabus. Here the authors wish to help the instructor recognize how faith should shape their teaching, as well as give guidelines for developing pedagogical understanding of the cross cultural environment.

While these categories are obviously not exhaustive, generally speaking those are planning to undertake overseas missions would do well to heed their instruction. Overseas teaching is fraught with difficulty, and if we can improve our methods and approaches, and our sensitivities, then we will truly be making the impact we signed to make in the first place.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830837434
ISBN-13: 9780830837434
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Publisher's Description

Thousands of North American Christians teach overseas every year. International teaching experiences can be tremendously rewarding. But often teachers are not fully prepared for the challenges of crosscultural life, and many are jolted and disillusioned by the realities of the overseas classroom. Veteran educators Mike Romanowski and Teri McCarthy provide an essential guide for Christians teaching in overseas contexts. They explain how good teaching requires preparation, self-understanding and cultural skills, as well as a solid philosophy of education and grasp of worldview. Providing both the theoretical framework as well as practical tools, the authors offer concrete advice and real-life examples for classroom instruction, daily life and much more. Get a more global picture of the kind of transformation your educational work can accomplish. Whether you are a recent college grad or a seasoned veteran educator, this book is an essential companion for your teaching journey.

Author Bio

Michael H. Romanowski (Ph.D., Miami University) was a full-tenured professor of education at Ohio Northern University when he and his family left for the Middle East, where he is now professor of education. He has taught short-term in China, Russia, Africa and Afghanistan. Dr. Romanowski is a published author with more than 60 publications to his credit appearing in various scholarly books, journals, popular education magazines and newspapers. He continues to research and write on important cultural and educational issues. Dr.Teri McCarthy (Ph.D., Education, University of Kansas) is English Department Chair at Lithuania International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania. She has taught at the university level long-term in China and Russia and short-term in Holland, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Her travel and teaching experiences have taken her to nearly fifty nations. McCarthy has written numerous articles and papers and has been a national speaker for the course offered by the US Center for World Mission. She is also a sought-after speaker and workshop leader at missions conferences, churches, and on college campuses.

Editorial Reviews

"There are few people who are qualified to write a book like this. And there are few books that inform, challenge, persuade and entertain like this does. Mike Romanowski and Teri McCarthy have delved deep and produced a stimulating and essential text for those called to Christian teaching across the globe. Don't leave home without it!"
"Drawing upon their personal teaching experiences in nearly a dozen countries, Michael Romanowski and Teri McCarthy provide a highly useful and practical guide for three groups of evangelical Christians who teach overseas: the seasoned veteran educator with minimal overseas experience; the professional expert who may be highly competent in a specific area, but is not a professional educator, and may also lack extensive overseas exposure; and the recent college graduate who brings energy and enthusiasm to the classroom, but often lacks effective teaching skills and depth of subject-matter knowledge, as well as significant cross-cultural experience. I recommend reading this book before going overseas and then giving it an even more thorough reading after a few weeks in the new country."
" Teaching in a Distant Classroom is a valuable thought-provoker and helpful-tip-provider for the thousands of Christians who go abroad to teach. It will help such pioneers both to deal with culture shock and to shock students (who may be looking to only learn English) into rethinking their worldview assumptions."
"Full of wise counsel and practical teaching advice."
"There is no other book quite like Teaching in a Distant Classroom. For years I've been mobilizing young people and retirees to go overseas and teach. I wish I could have put this book in the hands of every one of those young people and retirees that I've mobilized! The book is brutally honest about integrity issues as well as other problems likely to be encountered. While it gives great 'how-to' advice for flourishing in a crosscultural situation, it also deals with foundational questions like pedagogy, philosophy and worldview."
"This is an exciting and instructionally directional book about the most challenging, strategically most potent and yet largely neglected mission field--the university classrooms of our globally interconnected and yet religiously and culturally diverse world. From the wealth of their pedagogical wisdom, plethora of their crosscultural experiences and the depth of their kingdom commitments, the authors persuasively argue and richly illustrate how important knowing is for going and understanding is for teaching. My advice to all who are missional in their international teaching: this book must be read before going and taken along for self-evaluating reference."
"I sure wish I could have read this book before I began teaching in Nigeria. It's better to learn from its authors than from Hard Knocks University!"
"Written from passionate hearts aflame for Christ and his kingdom, Teaching in a Distant Classroom is the most authentic, relevant and inspirational professional guide available today for those considering teaching abroad. An inspirational challenge and complete resource for all who teach, this book should be required reading for all Christian college students considering teaching overseas."
"As president of a Christian college I very strongly recommend Teaching in a Distant Classroom to students interested in international missions (teaching or otherwise) and to all Christian faculty members in the U.S. Romanowski and McCarthy provide practical insights and heartwarming narratives that will help students decide whether teaching abroad is for them and, if so, help them prepare to do so well. All faculty members should read it because it will help them think through what it means to be a Christian who teaches. This book, which could actually be called a survival guide, is invaluable for students who sense God's call to teach overseas as a Christian missionary and for faculty who find themselves increasingly confronting diverse and conflicting worldviews in U.S. classrooms. It should be on every Christian campus in the nation."
" Teaching in a Distant Classroom is a valuable introduction to college teaching as crosscultural ministry. Indeed, as a former college provost who cares a great deal about teaching Christianly, I think that it could be valuable for college teachers anywhere, including Christian colleges in the United States! These days, all college teaching is 'crosscultural ministry.' It is remarkable how little guidance newly minted Ph.D.s have received in the art and craft of good teaching, even if they have some university teaching experience. This book offers valuable introductions to these topics, and much more, including the life of learning as a genuine calling from God, the cultural assumptions behind much of Western college teaching and what it means to be an authentic ambassador of Jesus Christ in all of one's life. This is a wise and practical book, and I hope that many Christian professors will read it."

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Author: Teri McCarthy
Located in: Lenexa, Kansas
Submitted: September 05, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I hold a PhD in education from the University of Kansas. I have worked with the International Institute for Christian Studies (iics.com ) since 1996. I have taught at the university level long-term in China and Russia and short-term in Holland, Nigeria and most recently Afghanistan (2003 and 2006). My focus is on helping Christians develop a fully-orbed biblical worldview. I want to mobilize followers of Christ to fulfill GodÂ’s purposes in their lives so that they may bring glory to Him. I am married to the President of IICS, Dr. Daryl McCarthy. My work has taken me to over 50 countries. My husband and I live in Lenexa, Kansas. We have two married children (Lance, who is married to Jamie and Lana who is married to Kevin) and two grandsons–Jack and Kempis.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Working overseas I've seen firsthand the need for Christian educators to be well-trained and well-prepared for the overseas classroom.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  It's a manual, a handbook, for any Christian who is wanting to teach overseas as a Christian mission.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Corrie ten Boom, CS Lewis, Os Guinness, Paul Young

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Please check out my website: terimccarthyblahblahblog.com

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