Can you think of a time where you thoroughly enjoyed yourself? Where the minutes and hours melted away and you lost all sense of yourself? Blogging right now does that to me. If I didn't have to eat, grade papers or be a mom, I could type, innovate, and create for hours. That, my friendly blog reader, is "flow."
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes flow, throughout his work, as "an intense emotional involvement" or "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. [Where] the ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement and thought follows inevitably from the previous one....[where] your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."
There are seven components to flow; sometimes you will find this list expanded to nine. The spirit of flow includes that......
- You are completely involved in what you are doing. You have focus and concentration.
- You have a sense of ecstasy - or being outside reality.
- You have greater clarity. You know what needs to be done and have a sense of how you are proceeding towards that activity, goal or task.
- You know the activity is doable and that you have adequate skills.
- You have a sense of serenity. You have no worries about yourself; you grow past the boundaries of your ego.
- You feel a sense of timelessness. You are focused on the present; the minutes and hours just slip away.
- You have intrinsic motivation. Whatever you are engaged in becomes its own reward. You work, learn or do for its own sake. Take that carrots and sticks!
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Yuck. Have you ever had a student who felt apathetic?
Next time you teach a lesson, engage in an activity or just do something you or your students love - sit back and observe. Are you in flow? Are they? If yes, high five! If not, how can you inch over to it?
All the best,
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