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Ekya / April 07, 2022 Posted by : administrator

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

Professional development refers to the training, certification, and education that a teacher needs to succeed in her career. It’s no secret that different subjects require teachers to have different skills. Even if a teacher currently has the necessary skills, he or she may need additional skills in the future. Through professional development, teachers can learn these skills to become better, more efficient workers and this has been the focus at the Ekya Schools.

As a teacher at Ekya for the past three years, I have grown wiser and more knowledgeable in terms of my awareness of students, their emotional and social needs, supporting adolescent learners, and how to nurture a language of caring. The hours of PD that I have been a part of have been very enriching and have supported me in structuring learning experiences that challenge the students and harbour a quest for mastery.

The sessions gave me clarity on how to plan my time better and stay organised. This made me more efficient and gave me extra time to focus not on paperwork but on students. I learnt to work with students with various learning needs and was able to accommodate a variety of learning styles in my classes. The SEE learning sessions and the activities facilitated by our team of counsellors were an eye-opening experience and taught me how to perceive the classroom situation and be an architect cum leader there instead of a manager and dominator.

It has been quite a pleasant experience and this journey of learning has been enlightening in more ways than one. I am grateful for the opportunity given and look forward to many more such enhancing experiences here at Ekya

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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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#StudentBlogger: Importance of Sports By, Veda Karnati Grade 4, Ekya Schools Byrathi

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” Nelson Mandela

Today’s young generation is the future of tomorrow’s world. Sports can calm your mind, heal your heart and make you a strong person. Sports are played both inside and outside. Cycling, basketball, and tennis are a few outdoor sports. Badminton is an indoor sport. Some sports aren’t really something where you actually do physical exercises. Instead, these sports require critical thinking, as well as physical and mental well-being, which comes naturally when we involve ourselves in sports activities. Sports help in improving our overall personality and make us more active and attentive.

Sports can make you strong, and playing sports can also improve blood circulation. Muscles need more oxygen than they do when we’re at rest, so we have to breathe more quickly. Our heart starts to pump harder and faster to circulate blood to deliver oxygen to our muscles when we’re exercising. Subsequently, blood pressure rises and improves. Apart from the above, playing sports can make you active and happy. When our body is active and is exercising, it produces a hormone called endorphin, which throws us into a good mood. Playing sports is great for our morale!

Did you know that playing sports can improve your patience? Yes, patience is a very important factor in sports.  Professional Golfer Gary Player once said, “Patience, practiced correctly, is a powerful mental tool that unlocks so many other positives and that will also give you the kind of perspective others may lack under pressure.” Every sports person must have the patience to complete practice and start the game.

Stress can also cease by playing sports. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, the chemicals in your brain that vanquish pain and stress. It also reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and studies have shown that 20 to 30 minutes of exercise each day can make students feel calmer. Teamwork can also be grasped by playing sports and can help give students stronger communication skills and teach them to work better with others.

Sport has great importance in building personality, too. For some people, it is not only the body movement or playing strategy, but it’s a life philosophy. Sports develop teamwork and team spirit, which in today's world is very important. But many look at the sport as a waste of time due to current changes, which is wrong. So, in the end, I would like to encourage each one of you to choose a sport of your choice and participate in it while encouraging others to do so as well.

#TeacherBlogger: Online Tool By, Samadrita Majumdar Teacher, IGCSE Biology and IGCSE Environmental Management, Ekya School Byrathi

Over the past two years, the world has been hit by a raging pandemic which has stalled the daily routine of humans and more importantly, students. The fact that attending school is no longer a necessity, was almost etched in the minds of everyone. So, to keep the ball rolling in accordance with the existing conditions, the entire schooling had to be converted to an online state, where all academic ventures had to be conducted virtually without any physical communication. With the inception of online methods of teaching as the pandemic continued, both teachers and students had to undergo major behavioural changes to adapt to the new system. However, simply organising get-togethers virtually was not enough to sustain an offline-like education system. The advent and integration of multiple applications and virtual tools played a very crucial role in keeping the boat afloat. We realised that these applications could be put to various uses to simulate offline classes on an electronic device. I start with an example of an application like Google Expeditions. This is an application that uses augmented reality to define various concepts and ideas in different disciplines. It helps create 3-dimensional diagrams of any object that would, otherwise, have been accessible very easily in an offline state. For example, in Biology, we study the structure of a cell. On paper, it takes intuition to visualise the structure of the cell with different organelles. However, with online tools, it is also possible to create mental images of the cell, exactly as it exists. This application is not just limited to Biology. Other disciplines like Chemistry and Geography can be taught using this application, as it becomes very intuitive for the students to remember concepts and ideas, once they have seen chemical structures and geographical landforms, respectively, in a 3-dimensional shape. Thus, across disciplines, such applications proved to be very effective in translating a real-world example into a virtual form. Similar user-friendly applications like this have been used to create an online, intellectual environment conducive to understanding the theoretical aspects of any subject.

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