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Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Finding flow in the classroom will enable your students to truly engage in learning.  Read on to learn more about this idea.

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"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."

-Jim Rohn
 

Go with the flow

Psychologist Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi describes a state of mind that he calls "flow," where an individual is so mentally immersed in a task that the sense of time, outside thoughts and worries, and even ego, are all completely pushed out of the mind. Flow is an ideal state of mind for students in the classroom, as it allows them to truly focus on a task or exercise, and brings engagement to a whole new level.

Here are a few tips on how to help your students find flow in your classroom and in school in general:
  • Find the right level. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi recommends that students work at a level that is slightly above one's current ability level, but not so difficult that the student might shut down. This may require a little trial and error to find, but it is the most important aspect of helping your students find flow.
  • Allow time and space for students to focus on the task at hand. Visual and auditory distractions will inhibit flow, so make sure students know that they have time to work through a task and offer them a calm place to work.
  • Give opportunities for collaboration. Some of the best flow experiences happen with partners or in small groups. Students can feed off of each other's energy and engagement and have fun experiencing flow together.
You want your students to succeed in school, and the best way to ensure success is that they attend school and engage in learning. Prioritizing a state of flow in your classroom will help you lead your students to achieve their goals.
     
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Wide World of Education

One of the points in the piece above is often easier said than done. The point about allowing time for students to really focus in on their project can be a tough one to implement. With that in mind, we wanted to share an article about time management with project based learning. There are some great nuggets in there just for you!

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