Ms. Neeth Medappa is a trained French Pastry Chef from Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Canada. She has had over 300 enthusiastic bakers in attendance at her signature baking master-class, organized in Coorg and Mysore. Young, budding bakers now enjoy the same experience with Ms. Neeth’s student-friendly ‘Junior Pastry Masterclass’ as did the students of Ekya at their workshop – exploring delightful recipes of pure indulgence.
Students from Grade IV to Grade XII learnt the fundamentals of baking with essential kitchen safety techniques and were able to whip up some simple yet delicious treats in no time.
The enthralling three hour session started with an introduction to baking and was followed by a live demonstration of recipes. In addition to playing with dough and frosting, the children got their hands on baking manuals to help with their future baking endeavors. Our young bakers put their taste-buds to work at the end of session, taking a bite full of the delicious cupcakes and biscuits. The workshop concluded with our guest speaker addressing questions from students in an interactive Q & A.
In one seminal study, we offered four-year-olds a choice: They could either redo an easy jigsaw puzzle, or try a harder one. Even these young children conformed to the characteristics of one of the two mindsets — those with “fixed” mentality stayed on the safe side, choosing the easier puzzles that would affirm their existing ability; those with the “growth” mindset thought it an odd choice to do the same puzzle over and over if they aren’t learning anything new.In other words, the fixed mindset kids wanted to make sure they succeeded in order to seem smart, whereas the growth mindset ones wanted to stretch themselves, for their definition of success was about becoming smarter. How does either mindset react to feedback? Through her research, Ms. Dweck noticed that with a fixed mindset were only interested in hearing feedback that reflected directly on their present ability, but tuned out information that could help them learn and improve. They even showed no interest in hearing the right answer when they had gotten a question wrong, because they had already filed it away in the failure category. Those with a growth mindset, on the other hand, were keenly attentive to information that could help them expand their existing knowledge and skill, regardless of whether they’d gotten the question right or wrong — in other words, their priority was learning, not the binary trap of success and failure. These findings are especially important in education and how we, as a culture assess intelligence. Hence, when we as educators value effort over ability, we are setting a culture of Growth Mindset in our classrooms, making challenges seem motivating and learning more fun. This will enable our students to view themselves as lifelong learners and their personal success will be about working their hardest to become their best.