Monday, May 14, 2012

Thinking About Student Engagement as Flow

Note: These are notes and activities for a presentation I will be doing this week with administrators as part of a continuing series of work related to Instructional Rounds.

1. Naming

  1. Watch the video and notice what the students do and don't do.  
  2. Discuss with your group the examples of disengagement that you find.  
  3. How do students 'fake' engagement?  
  4. How would you define engagement?

2. Research about Student Engagement and Flow

Csikszentmihalyi's “Flow” 

 from Wikipedia

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.





  1. Very Focused
  2. Very Clear Goal: Not too difficult or too easy.
  3. Balance of Skills and Challenge
  4. Immediate Feedback to their Action
  5. In the present
  6. Flow is the reward


3. Applying

Elementary Kids Monitor Terrain with Technology

1. View Video

2. Code Transcript

Using characteristics we named that suggest student engagement, code the transcript from the video.  

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