Birchwood Blog

2018

  • November

    How Do Your Students Meet Moments of Challenge?

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • October

    Good Education Designs Learning Experiences that Build upon Natural Intrinsic Motivation

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • September

    Good Education Motivates Students Beyond Natural Curiosity

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • August

    What Motivates A Child to Learn?

    MOTIVATION AND RESEARCH

    If you want to learn anything, you must be motivated. Motivation is at the center of learning, and accordingly, if we want our children to be well educated, they must be motivated to learn. One can give their kids the best schools, the best teachers, and the best tutors, but if they are not motivated, it won’t make much difference.
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  • July

    Parenting for Character: Humility and Gratitude (2)

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • June

    Parenting for Character: Humility and Gratitude

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • Parenting for Character: Teaching Justice and Compassion (5)

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • Parenting for Character: Teaching Justice and Compassion (4)

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • Parenting for Character: Teaching Justice and Compassion (3)

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • Parenting for Character: Teaching Justice and Compassion (2)

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • May

    Parenting for Character: Teaching Justice and Compassion

    This series of blogs is taken from articles by Charles Debelak in the Birchwood School of Hawken's Clipboard during the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of Mr. Debelak's Clipboard articles is to provide parents with information about sound educational principles and child development issues gleaned from history, contemporary research, and Mr. Debelak's 40+ years educating, coaching, and counseling children, young adults, and parents.
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  • April

    The Internal Drive to Thrive

    In order for children to learn how to thrive they will need parents who themselves are in a deep and profound learning process. How does a parent express unrelenting love while also being a disciplinarian? How does a parent envelop their child with tenderness and warmth while remaining uncompromising on standards of personal and social behaviors? How does a parent show kindness while also expecting hard work and self-control?
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  • March

    Experience and Thriving

    Although children by nature desire to thrive, they do not like the process of learning how to thrive. Don’t be surprised if they fight against your every effort.
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  • February

    Teaching Children to Thrive

    The language of thriving is like a seed sown into a child’s heart. We do not see the fruit immediately but the potential is percolating within the seed. At the right time, under the right experience, the seed blossoms and language impacts behavior.
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  • January

    The Language of Habit Building

    Sometimes language builds habits incrementally, little-by little, like when we teach children to say “good morning” or “please and thank you.” We repeat the admonition countless times despite our doubts of its effectiveness.
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