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Ekya / October 10, 2023 Posted by : administrator

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”

Confidence is an individual’s trust in themselves and their ability to succeed. Confident people tend to create their happiness. They are proud of their accomplishments because they know they have worked hard. Students are required to develop their confidence in their academics as well as their overall pursuit of knowledge.

Set realistic goals:  Earmark has clear and realistic academic and personal goals. Break them down into smaller, manageable steps, and celebrate your achievements along the way.

Prepare thoroughly: Being well-prepared before exams. Study consistently, and plan accordingly.

Participate actively: Engaging in class discussions, asking questions, and participating in activities can help overcome the fear of speaking in front of others to improve self-confidence.

Develop good study habits: Create a conducive study environment, establish a study routine, and use effective study techniques. Feeling well-prepared for exams and assignments can boost your confidence in your academic abilities.

Embrace failure as a learning opportunity: Understand that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. Instead of thinking about failures, analyze your mistakes and how you can improve.

Seek help when needed: Continue to ask teachers, parents, or classmates for help with challenging subjects or assignments. Seeking assistance when necessary will build confidence in a student’s ability to overcome hurdles.

Stay organized: Use various tools and apps to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and important dates. When one is organized it helps reduce stress and take control of academic responsibilities.

Practice time management: Keep a priority list and allocate your time effectively. This helps balance academics and other activities and also assists in handling multiple tasks.

Develop public speaking skills: Public speaking is a valuable skill that can enhance your self-assuredness. Consider joining a debate club or taking public speaking courses to improve your communication skills.

Practice self-care: Taking care of health is vital. Get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and practice relaxation techniques like mindfulness or meditation.

Visualize success: Before important exams, take time to encourage and see yourself succeeding. This kind of positive affirmation will always reap results.
Remember that confidence is not built overnight; it’s a gradual process. Be patient with ourself, stay committed to personal growth, and continuously work on improving your confidence as a student.

Ms. Virginia Isaac
High School Teacher
Ekya School, Byrathi

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Ekya / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Ekya / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Ekya / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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A world of possibilities

“I used to follow all the guidelines given by my parents. I used to help my parents with household chores. I never demanded anything from them.” - typical thoughts of a parent of a 21st-century child.

“I used to complete my home assignments on time. I used to respect my teachers and follow their guidelines.” -typical thoughts of an educator teaching 21st-century students.

Are these familiar thoughts, whether you are an educator or a parent?

Well! Parents and Educators! Please wake up to the new reality. Your guidelines are not going to be “ followed” just because you are a parent or an educator.  That is not essentially due to a lack of respect. It is because children of today evolve a sense of identity very early on.  They are confident, young individuals with a wide variety of knowledge at their fingertips. They question the status quo and are curious about everything around them.  Just imagine these young individuals turning into adults and transforming their community, city and world around them with their ability to question, think, act and inspire.

Let us work with them with these possibilities in mind. To convert these possibilities into a reality, parents and educators have to see themselves as guides, facilitators, mentors and coaches. They can no longer give unilateral instructions and expect children to follow them. It has to be dialogical and facilitative. Give them the context and purpose, they will love to think, act and do.

“Just focus on the possibilities. The limitations will take care of itself.” said someone and I would like to leave all parents and educators to work with children from this space of possibilities.

Blog by 
Mathangi Rajasekaran,
HOS, Ekya NICE Road.

Are We Really Learning?

It’s now very common in the world that education is only through writing and rote. This vicious cycle goes on and on and on! Pretty boring isn’t it? Did you know that a hundred years ago, education was practically the same as it is now? Everything around us is evolving, so why not our educational system?

Rote learning is of no use. Studies show that toppers tend to learn by rote and often forget everything they’ve learnt along with a huge lack of social skills due to the time they spend memorising, turning out to be the opposite of smart. With rote learning, we only memorise formulas, topics, rules and sums before an exam, and after that, the concept is forgotten. Just think about it, if you ask a topper a simple formula from their 6th grade syllabus, they’d be blank! Do society and flashy entrance exam posters want us to become a machine or do they want us to learn?

You might be thinking if I don’t memorise all my topics, how on Earth would I be able to learn?! The answer’s quite easy. Experience-based Learning. This way of teaching is now spreading far and wide and is seen to have much better results than the usual rote learning. Let me give you an example: You’re a grade 7 student and your class has a two-week trip planned to go to rural Karnataka and learn their culture and way of life. You come back from this trip with not only memories but learning as well. You learned so many skills, such as having a fluent conversation in Kannada, the way of the Panchayat and how it is different from our government and many life skills as well and at the same time, you took an awesome trip with your friends.

Students will have to prepare for the trip or else they’ll understand absolutely nothing and not learn anything at all. In Experience-based Learning, students not only learn concepts (which would happen before the trip) but can apply them in the real world in the form of such trips. It allows students to not only learn concepts but also use them in daily life. These experiences allow students to easily connect with the concepts they’ve learnt and even the most negligent student would be able to learn and remember these concepts by using them in real-life situations. Sounds pretty fun, doesn’t it?

Experience Based Learning not only happens through trips, it can happen in many different ways. This way of learning also includes MUNs which prepare students for debates in workplaces, how to collect and present information properly and also teach them the civics and history of our world today. Extempores and races prepare students to be able to easily work, think and strategize under pressure. I could go on forever, but I think you get the gist.

Overall, Experience Based Learning is a great way to learn how to use the topics you learn outside the classroom. I bet you would want to learn your concepts this way too! What are you waiting for, let's incorporate this way of learning for a brighter and better future. I’m so happy I’m in a school where Experience-based Learning is valued and used for a better future.

Zoe Akhtar Grade 7A
Ekya School, JPN

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