Did you know there are over 400 billion Lego bricks in circulation worldwide? As I gaze at the organised chaos in my room, my mother jests that I must possess at least 10 million of those iconic bricks.
My fondness for automobiles traces back to my very first word – “ka”, which I uttered as a baby to signify “car”. That moment ignited my lifelong passion for vehicles, and my journey with Lego began when I was merely 6 months old when I received my first Lego set. Since then, my fascination with Lego and my adoration for automobiles have melded into a captivating hobby.
I have honed my building skills over the years, constructing a myriad of vehicular marvels, including trucks, boats, cars, cable cars, trains, submarines, planes, helicopters, hovercrafts, and more! My Lego creations have even spurred me to create animated films, showcasing the boundless creativity that Lego unleashes. With time, my models have evolved into more sophisticated and advanced creations, complete with motors and programmable features.
What captivates me most about cars is their intricate inner workings and engineering artistry. I relish watching classic car shows on TV, and my deep understanding of these machines is largely credited to my experience with Lego. The technical concepts that might have been challenging to grasp otherwise are now crystal clear, thanks to my hands-on engagement with Lego. Additionally, car shows offer me a treasure trove of inspiration as I seek details from real-world vehicles to incorporate into my Lego models. The rich history of automobiles, as well as their promising future, fills me with excitement, and I eagerly anticipate the innovations that automobile companies will unveil in the years to come.
Building with Lego has honed my skills in following instructions meticulously and emboldened me to unleash my creativity and inventiveness. Before embarking on a new Lego creation, I often scour the web for images and information, drawing insights from the creations of other Lego enthusiasts. Armed with these tips, I then embark on crafting my own unique version, blending my own ingenuity and artistic flair.
Amidst the challenges of the recent lockdown, Lego has emerged as a powerful tool for me to learn to code. The intricacies of proportions and dimensions, as I meticulously design and assemble my Lego models, have deepened my understanding of mathematical concepts. Engaging with Lego has also proven to be a cathartic and meditative activity, allowing me to focus my mind on constructive ideas and imaginative engineering marvels rather than dwelling on negativity. Lego has become a conduit for me to grasp the principles of physics, engineering, and mechanics, laying a strong foundation for my aspirations of becoming an engineer in the future.
In conclusion, Lego has enriched my life in multifarious ways, igniting my passion for automobiles, nurturing my creativity and technical acumen, and serving as a medium for learning and growth. As I continue to embark on new Lego adventures, I eagerly anticipate the endless possibilities that await me in the world of engineering and innovation.
A safe space to learn and to teach, to guide and to grow, to mentor and be mentored; my longing to join Ekya School radiates with a healing desire to become a better teacher and, subsequently, a better person.
When everything else is faded and dull in my life, the comforting memories of my childhood keep me going. The reality that I will be a part of this comforting childhood phase for many students draws me to this profession. I would like to be remembered in their fond nostalgia and as one of the stepping stones in their successful career.
I aspire to teach and nurture my students with essential skills like empathy, effective communication and self-reflection in a safe, interactive learning environment.
I hope to brace and embrace all the ups and downs in the journey.
Looking forward to my first batch of learners and thinkers,
Ms Disha Dassani
Educator, Ekya NICE Road.
Do you feel that the excitement observed at the start of your child’s academic year gradually declines? Do you feel that the energy displayed in the month of June is inversely proportional to the month of March?
Fret no further!
Here are a few steps to keep your energy consistent throughout the year:
Plan your priorities:
Where do you want to see your child grow this academic year?
Academics? Co-Curricular Activities? Accomplishing Public Speaking Skills? Building a formal rapport with peers? Improvise Writing Skills? Read a certain number of books? Have a strong hold on vocabulary?
The key is to focus on one single act at a time. Sit along with your child to discuss and decide the goals for the year. Ensure that the decision is mutually beneficial.
How to begin?
Set a routine for both the parent and the pod. Fix one time and spot per week or on a biweekly basis to reflect on the steps taken to achieve the goal.
Always have a Plan B. You can create multiple backup plans to achieve your goal. If you see a roadblock during the action phase, then switch to an easy, hassle-free route.
As Robert Frost quoted in his poem, Take a road less travelled by!
It is very important to acknowledge your efforts. Self-Appreciation doesn’t fall under selfish acts. Give yourself a pat on the back when you see clear visibility in your child’s performance.
Walk and Breathe:
Managing multiple acts can be overwhelming. Try a few walking and breathing exercises every once in a while to keep your mind fresh.
You can also listen to the audiobook- The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.
Have a fantabulous planning time!
All the best!