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So I had my CfE observed lesson. Mr. Thorburn, whose class I enjoyed seeing on Tuesday was my guest amid the Higher Product Design class.

I didn’t have a name for the theme of the lesson until this morning when I asked my wife {a psychologist} to define ‘flow’. She generated the terms around the outside of the page. I just wrote down her comments…

My daughter drew the smiley face as we talked. She is the embodiment of flow when she draws. I used a video of her in the class.

From wikipedia…

Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.

According to Csíkszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation of anxiety is to be barred from flow. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.

Colloquial terms for this or similar mental states include: to be on the ball, in the zone, in the groove, or keeping your head in the game.

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