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Ekya / January 27, 2021 Posted by : administrator

Friends support you, they help you grow. They make you resilient and show your shortcomings. I have such a friend – Failure!!

She is close to me as she has been with me more often than others. She made me learn and be fearless. She kept crossing my path, to show me that I have infinite strength to endure. Endure the humiliation and the pain of losing. Whenever I met this teacher-friend of mine and moved beyond, I found new ways to travel and to grow immensely to create my best version. 

Now the best of successful people have met failure more often. Thomas Edison was thrown out of school as he was considered “stupid to learn anything”. Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse was told he “lacked creativity and imagination”. These greats and many more met with failures and bounced back as better individuals than before and achieved what was unthinkable till that point in time. 

This friend of mine has made a promise. Promise to meet me now and then while I am on the highway of success so that I remain humble and sharpen my axe of learning. That I empathize with others, accept things and people as they are and that I come to agree that things won’t go the way I want. She made me know the strength and abilities that I never knew I had. 

I have a great association with this friend of mine and am inclined to introduce her into my workplace, to my colleagues and students especially. In this fast-paced, result-oriented, and competitive world; are we letting and training our students to accept this friend? Haven’t we heard a parent asking -” How much did you score in Math out of 100”? “99 – says the Child” “where did you lose 1”- pounces the parent back! Or a teacher preaching to the students before the exam “ Get full marks and make me proud”.

As educators, we have to let the students know that they would fail at times and that failing is okay. Earlier the better. They learn a better lesson. Let them know that the hare and the tortoise have a different pace and a different race to run. And that they need to learn to enjoy the run more than dash at the finish line. And that going past their failures shall make their success sweeter.  

Faithful Friends are forever!

By, Chitra Venkateswaran – Ekya ITPL

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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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Special Assembly on Republic Day

'Let's remember the golden heritage of our Motherland and be a proud Indian'

The Montessorians of Ekya School, Byrathi planned a special assembly along with Republic Day celebrations for all students on January 25th, 2021. The event was on the theme, ‘Our Freedom Fighters’. The students of all grades were present for the event. The session commenced with a patriotic song, Sare Jahan Se Accha by a student.

The thought for the day, 'Freedom in our Mind, Faith in our Words, Pride in our Hearts and Memories in our Soul'. was shared. This was followed by a short speech by three students on the Preamble of the Constitution. The struggle for Independence and how the government was formed post Independence was explained briefly and the National Symbols of India were shared along with interesting facts about the nation.

A couple of our talented Montessorians performed a dance to celebrate the spirit of patriotism and freedom. The session highlight included an interview session with the middle school students. Two of the Montessori students interviewed five middle schoolers on the history and significance of Republic Day, interesting facts about our Country, the constitutional rights and duties of every citizen, and some key features of the Republic Day parade held every year. A short video of the parade from the year 2020 was played during the session. Students were encouraged to watch the live telecast of the Republic Day Parade on the 26th morning.

The second half of the event was a video presentation by all the Montessori Juniors, dressed as the mighty warriors who strove for Independence, such as the Rani of Jhansi, Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Chandrashekar Azad, and Mahatma Gandhi.

The Head of School addressed the gathering and appreciated students' efforts in seamlessly getting accustomed to the new normal and applauded the little heroes for putting up a grand show. The finale of the event included the vote of thanks by one of the students’ who thanked and urged the gathering to be proud Indians since not everyone has the privilege of being part of this rich and varied heritage.

The session came to a close with the vote of thanks and the National Anthem. It was indeed yet another time of vibrance and enthusiasm. The Spirit of freedom and patriotism was evident throughout the session.

#EventsAtEkya: Republic Day Celebrations at Ekya BTM

A special assembly was conducted by the students of Grade 5 A, Ekya Schools, BTM Layout on January 25, 2021, to keep the spirit of patriotism alive and to remember the valuable contributions made by our gallant martyrs. The assembly commenced with an invocation to the Almighty.

An incredibly informative and interesting skit was performed to enlighten the gathering about the significance of Republic Day and to reaffirm our commitment to the Constitution. The Head of School, Ms. Deepa Rani applauded the students and urged them to do their best and always feel proud of being Indians.

The assembly culminated with the national anthem. The assembly was a spectacular exhibition of patriotic fervor and love for India - a land of integrity, diversity, and uniqueness.

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