Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Flow in the classroom?

I've been watching the Ted Talks series for a while now, and this video recently caught my attention.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, positive psychologist and social theorist from Claremont Graduate University, proposed the concept of flow - a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities such as art, play and work. That certainly sounds like an ideal state of mind for our students to occupy!

This is worth spending 19 minutes watching...

(Direct link to video)

How can we create an appropriate blend of "challenge and skill" to help our students achieve a state of flow?

2 comments:

Jo McLeay said...

I love Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his idea of flow. It makes so much sense. Thanks for the link to the video. Isn't Ted Talks great?

Wags said...

Yes, what a great mind. I just wish I could pronounce his surname.

Ted keeps me company travelling to and from work each day - I love it!