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