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The Best Resources For Learning About “Flow”

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I’ve recently been spending some time thinking about what I can do to help my students enter into a “state of flow” — completely absorbed in a learning task. The idea of “flow” has been developed by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I hope readers will point me in the direction of additional resources.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About “Flow”:

Beyond Student Engagement: Achieving a State of Flow
is by Elena Aguilar at Edutopia.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Motivating People to Learn is an interview at Edutopia.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow is from Teaching Expertise and gives a good overview of the concept.

How to Get into Your Zone is from The Harvard Business Review.

Here is a TED Talk from Csikszentmihalyi:

Adam Simpson posted the 27th Edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival. It’s filled with excellent posts where teachers are describes lessons when their students were in the state of “flow” — when they were completely absorbed in what they were doing.

The Compelling (not just interesting) Input Hypothesis is a new paper by Stephen Krashen. Here’s an excerpt: “Compelling means that the input is so interesting you forget that it is in another language. It means you are in a state of “flow” (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). In flow, the concerns of everyday life and even the sense of self disappear – our sense of time is altered and nothing but the activity itself seems to matter. Flow occurs during reading when readers are “lost in the book” (Nell, 1988) or in the “Reading Zone” (Atwell, 2007). Compelling input appears to eliminate the need for motivation, a conscious desire to improve. When you get compelling input, you acquire whether you are interested in improving or not.”

Make Standards Engaging is from ASCD Educational Leadership.

Who Enters Flow? is from Psychology Today.

When Are Teenagers In The “Flow”?

Can Schools Help Students Find Flow? is from Greater Good.

Eight Tips for Fostering Flow in the Classroom is also from Greater Good.

Education professor writes prescription for teachers to succeed: motivate, motivate, motivate

Help Your Employees Find Flow is from The Harvard Business Review.

How To Get Into The ‘Flow’ In Your Classroom is from Edudemic.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. I’m always happy to see others contemplating the notion of flow. It might remain that great elusive state of mind that we can only chance upon every now and then. I certainly can’t get my students to experience it every lesson.

    This made for good reading. Thanks, Larry.

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