Flow Theory

A Way to Boost Student Engagement

What is the flow state?

The concept of flow is a positive state of mind that we experience when we're completely engaged in a task. Flow is characterised by a feeling of energised focus, complete immersion in the activity, and a blurring of self-consciousness.

When we notice we are centred and present at the moment, inflow, we feel an intense sense of focus and concentration. We become so engaged with what we are doing that it is sometimes hard to stop.

The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times...the best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to it's limited involuntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creativity Flows

Getting into flow can help you become more creative. When inflow, the imagination takes over and allows for new connections to be made.

This is due to a reduction in activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for higher-order thinking. Therefore, flow essentially allows you to "turn off" the inner voice that tells you whether an idea is good or bad.


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Creativity Flows

Getting into flow can help you become more creative. When inflow, the imagination takes over and allows for new connections to be made.

This is due to a reduction in activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for higher-order thinking. Therefore, flow essentially allows you to "turn off" the inner voice that tells you whether an idea is good or bad.

Time Stands Still

The flow state also has a flow-like quality: it feels like time is standing still, and we lose track of our sense of habitual self. This is similar to what happens when we get carried away in an artistic pursuit or something else that's personally important to us.


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Flow Theory Explained

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Flow Theory Diagram

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Source: Education needs Flow: Blog by Saurabh Jain

Flow in the Classroom

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Source: By Jill Suttie | Apr 17, 2012 | Greater Good Magazine

Flow Theory Diagram

State of Flow While Learning

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Flow Experience in Education

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