Searching for Flow: Rethinking our use of time in school
In an interview with Wired magazine, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” Flow is the optimal balance between personal challenge and skill application, where an individual loses herself in the activity and experiences engagement that cuts through time and space. If we consider an optimal state of learning to be learning that takes place in a state of flow, we as educators should be eager to identify ways to help our students experience learning in this way.
By rethinking time and how the use of time impacts the overall experience of school, participants will be asked to consider how they can organize time with a focus on finding flow. How can our use of time maximize the flow potential within a given classroom? In this workshop, participants will explore different aspects of the classroom they can exhibit control over and how these factors can be utilized as a springboard to invite flow into the learning environment.
Session 1: Exploring Flow
Session 2: Perceiving Time as an Ally
Session 3: Bringing Flow into your Classroom