Baan Dek

The Storm Before the Calm

Thoughts & Reflections

The only aspect of life that is linear is the passing of time. Apart from that, true, deep, daily learning, development, progress is a bit more, shall we say, tumultuous? For adults and for children alike, it’s one step forward, two steps back, three steps sideways, oh look a beautiful flower, a massive jump ahead, […]

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Five Minutes

Thoughts & Reflections

Time is so fluid. We know this. “Time flies when you’re having fun.” “Time heals.” “I don’t have time.” It’s nebulous. Five minutes waiting for an appointment is an eternity, five minutes with a friend is a blink. We’ll sometimes use “five minutes.” When we’re finishing up lunch or playtime, we give children a notice […]

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Taking Chances

Thoughts & Reflections

The way we typically think about learning is by memorizing and recognizing. Our entire public school system is based on this model. Here are the facts, memorize them, and then we’ll have a test next week to see how well you did. True learning, however, happens beyond those modes of cognition, where we hardly recognize […]

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The Power of Confidence

Thoughts & Reflections

Success is fluid. How do we qualify Success? Internal satisfaction, external rewards? Feelings of pride and accomplishment, a big bank account and an impressive title? Being relied on by others, a promotion? Personal and professional goal setting? So many variables. That meeting was a success, today was a success, I have lived a successful life. […]

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Short Term, Long Term

Thoughts & Reflections

At Baan Dek, we have posters on the walls with lovely quotes. They’re at adult-height, and these words remind us about our intention for being here — to Help the children. As we’ve noted previously, “help” isn’t always helpful. Though it so often comes from a good place, a place of love and care, it […]

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