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editorialclubitpl / September 18, 2018 Posted by :

The students of Ekya School ITPL and CMR PUC gathered on the 1st of September to listen to an expert talk by Prof. Murali, an architect and a professor at CMR University.

He started the talk with a little introduction about himself. He then asked us to differentiate between careers and jobs, questioning if they were different at all? We’d received some interesting answers from the students. He went on to explain the difference. When he asked the students, how many wanted to go for a career and how many for a job, a majority chose a career. Showing how most of us would rather take a career that you are passionate about rather than taking a job just to earn a living.

He then asked the students to list all the career options that they knew of. A lot of students came up with varied careers. As and when the students named a career he jotted them down on a whiteboard until it was filled. He affirmed the students for being aware of so many careers. He even said that if this would have taken place a couple of years ago they would’ve hardly had a list of 5 options. He discussed on each career. He also told that the career like a teacher and a social worker is so much more than a career because they not only mould their own life but also of others, they bring a change into the world. Talking about careers, he taught us the difference between art and design. He explained how art is an expression of oneself while the design is art put into certain dimensions.

Mr Murali talked about the things that influence our career choices, like passion, parents, friends, media, role models and even the rye job market. He also discussed the requirements for careers like creativity and aptitude. He told the students how important it is to take up a job that you’re passionate about or doing something that aligns with your interests just like how he decided to become a toymaker as he also gets to play with the toys he makes. He also talked about the jobs that arise out of need and how they are important as well. He said it was necessary that we have a job we can fall back on in case a need arises. He talked about getting to milestones in your career and proceeding after that. He also told the students how important it is to not leave any opportunity that’ll help you enhance a skill. Be it an art exhibition or a science project or a programming course, we must always be open and ready to improve our skills.

On the whole, it was a very interactive session with a lot of students eagerly answering all the questions that he asked them and Mr Murali, in turn, answering various questions that the students had. It was quite an interesting talk that I’m sure pushed all of us a step forward in our paths towards career planning.

~ Jessica Chris J, Grade XII-B, Ekya ITPL

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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

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editorialclubitpl / 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.

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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.

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Book Review – One, Sarah Crossan by Jahnavi Rajesh, Grade IX, Ekya School JP Nagar


"This is the story of how it is to be one. The story of how it is to be two. This is an epitaph, an epitaph to love." We live in the 21st century, where if we see a man dressed up as Batman walking the streets as if it were a completely normal day, we wouldn't react. But how would we react if we saw conjoined twins walking down the sidewalk? Would we react the same way as we did to the Batman guy, or would we point fingers and call them names? The book 'One', written by Sarah Crossan, an award-winning author, talks about the lives of conjoined twins Tippi and Grace. They live in a family of five, with a younger sister named Dragon who lives in the shadow of her 16-year-old, not-so-normal sisters. Their father is a drunkard who eventually loses his job. Their mother works two jobs to run the house. This book shows how every single member of the family is affected by the twins. When the twins find out that they will no longer be home-schooled, but will be going to the nearby private school, Hornbeacon High, they have no reaction. They feel that as conjoined twins, there are certain things that they just can't do - like climbing a tree or making friends. Every assumption of their's is proved wrong and they make two of the best friends anybody could ever have. Jon and Yasmeen were outcasts at school too. Yasmeen was suffering from HIV, contracted at birth from her mother. Jon, however, had a different problem. He was too normal for the people at Hornbeacon. This book is written beautifully in verse. Other than that, it's written in first-person by one of the twins, Grace. Also, the author does not show the twins as one. She identifies them as two separate and whole individuals. She depicts the reality not just in high schools, but also everywhere else where people can be downright mean and obnoxious. This book is a must read for everyone from ages 12 and above. I would give this book a 9 on 10. - Jahnavi Rajesh, Grade IX, Ekya School JP Nagar

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