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Ekya / August 14, 2020 Posted by : administrator

As a teacher, I have been trying to understand why children are sometimes unable to focus on a class? Why do they sometimes come up with excuses for failing to complete an assignment on time? Why are these children unable to do things by themselves? Why are they drifting away from enjoying learning?

As I experienced these in my classroom, I have come to realize that our children are hinting to us for motivation, a word of encouragement from their teachers, or an acknowledgment of the effort they put in their  assignments


I have also realized how online learning is not easy even for us too and how important it is to see continuous improvement in our students’ academic performance and their confidence levels in this current scenario of pandemic and lack of face to face contact.

In my quest to find the solution to these questions, I made a conscious effort to bring about certain changes in my instructional style. These led to self-learning habits in my students, which I would like to share through this blog. 

My classroom consists of children with different learning styles as is a normal phenomenon. I have made use of a few activities during my online sessions that help in enhancing the engagement level of students, make the classroom interesting, and help children stay focused and enjoy learning.

I have always believed in the power of positive reinforcement. There is this child in my class who was earlier hesitant and a little shy. After a lot of encouragement and acknowledging the child’s efforts, the child has started to open up and participate in classroom activities. I adopted the strategy of providing verbal and written feedback on their performance which helps them reflect on their work and their confidence in independent learning. 

I sometimes give my students a choice of how they want to study; for example, some students like to write every single word I say while some just want to listen. This helps them to pursue their learning matching their own preferences and to take ownership of their learning too and leading to a feeling of empowerment and control of their own learning.

Although we are still in the online learning era, I believe we should encourage students to put their phones on silent mode and make strategies such that limit their screen time during study hours. 


One way of doing this would be to encourage students towards using more books offline. This would be easy if we encourage students towards reading, have discussions on books, facilitate them to ask questions, and think critically. We need to make sure that they are not just memorizing information, instead, thinking deeply about their assignments. We need to give them space and time to ask questions and in responding to them too, thus, helping our students to be confident self-learners.

Richa is a librarian and also teaches Hindi as a second language to Grades 5, 6 and 8 and third language to Grades 6 and 7.


Richa Saxena


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Ekya / February 15, 2024

How to Instil Road Discipline in Your Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

We are always around kids during their childhood years, but as they grow, we allow them to play and roam with friends. Practising road safety is essential for the safety of both passengers and pedestrians. According to the research, road crash injuries are the leading cause of death aged 5 to 29. It is quite tough to be around the kids all the time, hence it becomes imperative that children be aware of road discipline. To ensure the safety of children, parents and teachers must know how to instil road safety discipline. But the question arises, what is involved in road safety? Here is the comprehensive guide for parents and teachers about how to teach road safety rules to children;

How to Ensure Road Safety for Children?

Teach them basic signals

First and foremost, teach the kids about the traffic signals and lights and what they mean;
  •     When the signal turns Green, that means ‘go’.
  •     When the signal turns red, that means ‘to stop’.
  •     When the signal turns yellow, that means ‘to slow down’.
  •     Only walk when the ‘Walk’ sign appears, but look right and left before crossing the road.
  •     Do not cross the road when the sign says ‘Don’t Walk’.

Cross the road at the Zebra crossings

Teach the children to cross the road only at Zebra crossings, and guide them that they are meant for the safety of pedestrians. Help them understand the speed of a vehicle and that they can only cross when it is at a safe distance

Equip the children to understand signboards

To understand signboards, give your kids a mini-guide or pamphlet in which sign boards are explained in a way they understand.

Avoid using mobile phones

In this era, even kids are using mobile phones. Teach the kids to strictly avoid mobile phones while on the road or roadside.

Ride Bi-cycles carefully

Guide the kids to wear proper gear while riding bicycles, whether with friends or going to school. Make them wear helmets, elbow and knee guards. If they are riding bicycles in the dark, make them wear bright-coloured shoes.

Do not jump traffic lights

In any situation, do not jump the traffic lights, teach the children to follow this rule as it poses a risk.

Avoid playing on the road or roadside

Children are always excited and start running wherever they find the way. Tell them not to run and play on the road or roadside, it is always risky.

Stand out of blind spots

Teach the children to never cross a road from in between vehicles or any other object, that is always dangerous. Guide them to always cross the road when it is clear.

Follow bus safety tips

Guide the children about following the bus safety tips every time they travel on a bus.

How Can Adults be Role Models for Children?

By following these steps, adults can teach children about road safety rules and discipline;
  •     Teach the child to understand basic traffic signals and signs.
  •     By frequently checking whether the child stops, looks, listens, and thinks before crossing the road.
  •     Explaining road safety rules in simple language.
  •     Walking on the road and following the road safety rules together
  •     Do not use phones and other devices when walking on the road or around vehicles
  •     Always hold the child’s hand on the driveway or while crossing the road
It is not possible for parents and teachers to constantly supervise their children when they are out on the road. So children must be taught road safety standards from an early age. We at Ekya Schools believe in instructing children in these areas and by following the road safety etiquette, they feel responsible towards themselves and others. There are many ways we teach the students about road safety. We incorporate easy understanding for the children, like using age-appropriate behaviour, making the learning fun, using visual aids, appreciation to practise in real-life situations. We cover it all.

Ekya / February 15, 2024

How to Foster Active Listening Skills in Your Child: Tips and Strategies for Parents and Educators

Active listening is way more than just hearing. It is an intentional act to engage, understand, and reflect. Active listening plays an essential role in building a student’s communication and language skills. During the early education period most learning is done in the verbal format so, parents should pay more attention to developing active listening skills in their kids. In the longer run, it will be quite helpful for students as they can perform better in their academics and also do justice with their relationships. Being one of the  leading CBSE schools in Bangalore, we understand the importance of active learning and hence sharing a few tips on improving listening skills for children:
  • Always maintain eye contact while speaking: Parents and guardians should make eye contact with their kids. Making eye contact boosts their child's confidence and improves active listening skills which makes them more enthusiastic during conversation.
  • Repeating the key points: During the conversation, parents should pay attention to the things their children are more focussing on and if they want them to focus more on a particular point, it should be repeated again and again. This will feed it into their subconscious mind.
  • Ask multiple questions: Asking multiple questions during the conversation is a good way to develop listening skills among children as answering requires active listening. This is also a good way to develop inquisitiveness among them.

Here is the list of different types of listening:

  • Critical listening: It involves listening and analysing both the positive and negative aspects of any topic and synthesising the information to form a point of view.
  • Discriminative listening: In this type of listening interpretation is done by considering sound and body language rather than the words. 
  • Aesthetic listening: It involves enjoyment. Aesthetic listening is often used by parents or teachers to make the education fun and more engaging. 
  • Biased listening: It is also known as selective listening as the listener only focuses on a particular part of the communication. It leads to distorted information leading to communication.
  If you are a parent and wondering how to teach listening skills to your child, here is a list of a few exercises:
  • Take the help of audio resources: Children like to listen to audio clips as they find it more interesting and engaging. So parents should use audio resources for teaching different subjects. Nowadays audio resources are made using such special sounds that the brain finds more appealing. Such types of audio clips can be used to improve the active listening skills of children.
  • Conduct regular listening activities: It is one of the best parenting tips for listening. Listening activities can be made in the form of games to make it more engaging and fun. Once a week it can be done as a group activity in school. This way children can not just participate but also learn to reflect on certain topics.
  • Take regular feedback: Parents and teachers should be involved in taking regular feedback. This will make the students more responsive and attentive during teaching sessions as to provide any feedback it is essential to be attentive and actively listener.
  • Include short questions in between conversations: It is one of the best active listening strategies for teachers and parents. Short questions in between learning sessions encourage the students to be an active listener and more attentive. This also promotes an inquisitive nature among students.
  • Maintain a relaxing environment: It is one of the most essential points that parents and teachers should never miss out on. A relaxing environment promotes the holistic development of students. It enhances the confidence and promotes the participation of students in discussion sessions which further enhances the active listening skills. 
It is advisable to promote active listening skills among students as it not just be the building block of their communication skills but will also help them perform better in their academics. As per a study, there is a direct correlation between active listening and academics. Active learning skills boost student’s overall development which will help them in becoming a holistic individual.  If you are tired of searching the internet with terms like the best schools in Bangalore or the best CBSE schools in Bangalore, consider visiting Ekya Schools. With over 30 years of education legacy, it makes us one of the leaders in the education sector. All our 5 campuses across Bangalore follow the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework which is based on research pedagogy. Our teachers are well qualified and go through rigorous year-long teacher training programs. This makes them well-versed with modern education techniques over conventional rote learning methods. UbD framework focuses on special learning techniques that focus more on practical knowledge given through various activities to make the learning fun and more engaging which further enhances the active learning skills among students.

Ekya / February 15, 2024

How Ekya School's After-School Program is Nurturing the Next Generation of Leaders

Ekya Schools is a vibrant community of children, educators, and parents present in various parts of Bangalore City. The school believes in a holistic education that goes beyond textbooks and exams, focusing on the overall development of each child. Holistic development is crucial for students as it allows them to develop into a well-rounded person. Through exciting after-school activities like Robotics for kids, Visual arts programs, and sports in school, Ekya Schools offers a platform where young learners can explore their interests and reveal their talents.  As one of the best CBSE Schools in Bangalore, we will delve into how these programs are shaping the next generation of leaders. 

Design Thinking

The Design Thinking Challenge is held annually at Ekya Schools and is a fun opportunity for kids. They get to work on socially relevant problems like Environmental Awareness, Animal Welfare, or Bullying Prevention. They get to use their imaginations and team up with friends to come up with ideas that can make things better for everyone. It's not just about finding the right answers, but learning from mistakes and sharing thoughts.  With design thinking challenges, our goal is to create new leaders who are good at solving problems and making the world a better place.


Co-curricular activities at Ekya schools, like Robotic Programs, play a crucial role in the holistic development of students. These programs give them valuable knowledge about robots, automation, and engineering. They get to use what they learn in physics and engineering by creating their own robots.  By doing this, they become better at thinking creatively, understanding science, and learning visually. At Ekya schools, we make sure these activities are fun and easy for students.

Quiz Programs

Quizzes can greatly enhance the learning and development process for students in several ways. They make kids remember and understand what they have learned before. It also teaches kids how to make good choices and think critically. When students work together in a team, it helps them cooperate and learn from each other.  At Ekya schools, we have a fun quiz called the Mock GK Quiz for kids in Grades 1 to 6. It has different types of questions and teams get points for answering correctly. This quiz is a great way for students to show off their knowledge and skills. 

Visual Arts Program

Visual Arts classes are a perfect way for students to express themselves creatively and develop skills that go beyond what they learn in the classroom.  At Ekya Schools, students who are interested in honing their skills in visual art can join our after-school activities for Visual Arts. These classes teach different techniques like abstract art, canvas painting, glass painting, Madhubani, and more. By exploring these techniques, students develop their creative skills and learn to communicate their ideas visually. 

Sport activities

Playing sports isn’t just about running around and getting exercise. It also teaches important skills like teamwork, staying determined, and keeping a positive attitude.  Ekya Schools offer a variety of sports coaching programs, including basketball, karate, gymnastics, skating, badminton, table tennis, and cricket, to help students develop these important skills. We also provide access to indoor games like chess and carrom, as well as yoga, to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in physical activity and develop healthy habits.


At Ekya Schools, we think every kid is special and has things they're good at. That's why we offer Performing Arts classes. In these classes, students learn about Music and Dance or Performance Arts. It's a fun way for them to show what they can do and learn new stuff too.


In conclusion, schools aren’t just about math and science, they are about learning many things. At Ekya Schools, we are committed to offering our students an overall development learning experience through a wide range of extracurricular activities including music, sports, design thinking, and other engaging pursuits. For the best holistic education, consider Ekya Schools, one of the top IGCSE Schools in Bangalore.
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#StarsofEkya – Isshaan Arun wins Gold at GO CHECKMATE – Singapore, Online Chess Competition

Isshaan Arun of Grade 1 B in Ekya JP Nagar campus, has won the first prize in the Online Chess tournament held on Sunday 26/07/2020 by chess school GO CHECKMATE - Singapore.

They conducted their 12th GCCA Online Rapid Chess Tournament with youth participating from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Dubai, and India. In which Isshaan Arun bagged the first prize under the 08 age category. His final score was 3.5 out of 4, a total of 4 rounds were held online.

Congratulations Ishaan! We are proud of you

#TeacherBlogger: Teaching children to manage resources

In today’s world, when most kids' wishes are fulfilled by their parents in the nick of time, it makes me ponder on the rapid age of materialism that we are moving into. Some of our parents also brought us up with limited resources, put to best use.

The lockdown period actually taught us how to make the best of whatever we have, whether it was cooking meals with whatever ingredients we had or celebrating the birthday of a dear one with no gifts and no new dress.

It makes me think shouldn’t this also be a time for inculcating our kids, the skill of managing resources. Yes, you read it right, managing resources is also a skill, which we as adults also struggle with, at times.

How often we have heard kids saying ‘I want this’ and we, in turn, have rushed to order it. Wouldn’t it be wise if we ask the child, does he need it or wants it? Making conscious efforts to help a child distinguish between his needs and wants can be an effective way of helping kids manage their resources. This perhaps could be taught in classrooms.

In kindergarten, students can learn how to share stationary with others and help someone as they lose out a crayon or their pencil. Subconsciously, the child would grow learning that sharing is a way of managing resources.

Students maintaining their portfolios is another awesome way to demonstrate resource management to the students. They are able to understand that all study materials, assignments, and worksheets are examples of resources, and maintaining them properly is a skill for them to imbibe in their lives.

Teachers emphasized the importance of maintaining books in middle school and senior school for use by someone else later, is also a way of teaching kids to manage resources.

Class contributing a very nominal amount as a class kitty and managing this class fund could be a great and interesting way to teach kids to manage resources. This class kitty could be handled in rotation by different groups of students, thus giving an experience to all of them how to put it to the best use for the classroom requirements.

On the home front, parents taking their kids for grocery shopping, asking them to do comparison shopping helps children to learn how to manage resources. The family conversation on managing resources shouldn’t be just initiated by parents. Kids as young as 8 years could also be part of these conversations. They might come up with interesting manners in balancing the funds or resources.

In the end, I would like to say that this famous quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”, applies to managing resources too. Thus if we give ample opportunities to children to manage resources, I am sure they would all excel in learning the skill and apply that in their lives too.


Ms. Joohi Sharma, Ekya BTM

Mathematics_Grade 5 to 7 and 10th

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